As I was compelled to prophetically declare my way through the book of Psalms using The Passion Translation, God began to penetrate my heart in a new and deeper way. Although I have loved this book for many years, I have never prayed my way through this book quite like I did this time.
The Psalms Passion Journey became like a doorway of reviving for me. As the words written upon the pages began to unwrap God’s heart of love and mercy. This book is full of praises to God for His protection and defense!
What delight comes to the one who follows God’s ways!
He won’t walk in step with the wicked,
nor share the sinner’s way,
nor be found sitting in the scorner’s seat.
His pleasure and passion is remaining true to the Word of “I Am,”
meditating day and night in the true revelation of light.
He will be standing firm like a flourishing tree
planted by God’s design,
deeply rooted by the brooks of bliss,
bearing fruit in every season of his life.
He is never dry, never fainting,
ever blessed, ever prosperous. Psalms 1:1-3 TPT
Oh the conviction that flooded my heart as I prayed and declared throughout this book of poetry! David, who is said to be after God’s own heart was not a perfect man. As a matter of fact I was shocked at times by his level of violent cries to His “Hero-God” as translated here. He was so full of fiery passion but also a man of war.
Man of War
Matthew 11:12 reads, ” And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.”
We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but to take these words and cry out for justice and recompense is an act of spiritual warfare. To cry out for the unborn, enslaved, and the orphans is our Christian duty. To be honest, I was not praying in quite such detail as I am since having taken this prayer journey. Petitioning God and asking Him to deal justly with wicked rulers is biblical and necessary.
Heart of Gratitude
Continuous cries of thanksgiving to Yahweh are woven throughout the chapters. Gratitude for provisions, protection, help, and vindication. David would poetically declare God to be his strength and shield. Proclaiming that God revealed Himself even in the Earth’s quakes and shaking.
Praising Him for all of His marvelous works pierced my ears as I allowed David’s praise and exaltation to become my own. It is easy for us to praise and adore God when He increases our prosperity or heals our sick body, but to praise Him for the moon and stars is quite another level.
But the Lord says, “Now I will arise!
I will defend the poor,
those who were plundered, the oppressed,
and the needy who groan for help.
I will arise to rescue and protect them!”
For every word God speaks is sure and every promise pure.
His truth is tested, found to be flawless, and ever faithful.
It’s as pure as silver refined seven times in a crucible of clay.
Lord, you will keep us forever safe,
out of the reach of the wicked.
Even though they strut and prowl,
tolerating and celebrating what is worthless and vile,
you will still lift up those who are yours! Psalm 12:5-8 TPT
The Word of God is alive, it is living, supernatural and able to quicken our mortal bodies, and strengthen our inner man. Praying through the Word of God, and even speaking it out loud shifts atmospheres and penetrates hearts, even of the one reading! The Psalms Passion Journey brought new passion to my prayer life as well as my journey with the Lord. God bless!
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