Guideposts Executive Editor Rick Hamlin shares how to pray Psalm 19.
[MUSIC PLAYING] Psalm 19 starts off with a bang. That first phrase, (SINGING) "May the heavens declare the glory of God."
For me, it's a line from the creation by Haydn. It's something you sing. It's been set to music many times. I remember singing those lines in college in the creation. And I had a solo. I was scared out of my wits. My legs were shaking under my choir robe. I think my music must have been shaking in my hands.
But I learned that adrenaline was a friend in situations like that. It helped me do what I don't think I could have done otherwise. It's one of those God-given forces that helps us. So when I feel that stage fright, when I feel a little petrified, when something's scary, I know that adrenaline can come along, and it's going to help me, even if it seems a little scary at times.
Listen also, at the end of this psalm, is one of those phrases people often use at the end of a sermon. "May the words in my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight." So no matter how hard we try, when we write, when we sing, when we speak, we just pray that it's acceptable to the Lord.