Psalm 146:5-6

Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever.

Praying across time and space

I adore the Psalms. They are an everyday part of my prayers. Whether morning, day, or night these ancient hymns of praise and lament are prayed on my lips or on my heart. Praying the psalms is an ancient tradition that goes back to Old Testament Israel. They formed the heart of Israel’s worship in the temple at Jerusalem and then in exile.

The early church found its spiritual home in the psalms as well. They served as sources of inspiration, guidance, and connection with one another and God as they worshipped under Roman oppression and in later years as the church grew throughout the world. Bishops of the early church were only ordained if they could recite all of the psalms from memory.

When I pray the psalms I find myself pondering these facts about their existence. I picture the dessert monks like St. Anthony or modern holy people like Thomas Merton praying these psalms with me. Across time and space I feel that connection to the saints who have gone before me. Whether I am at home, on the road, or at church, any time I take to pray with the Psalms connects me to so much more than myself.

—Pastor Daniel Joyner Miller


Prayer:  O Lord throughout time you have given holy words for your people to pray. Open for us the eyes of scripture that we may see your voice echoing throughout the ages and down to us.

To ponder:  What holy people do you feel connected to as you pray? Perhaps it’s Jesus or the disciples. Perhaps it is a saint of the early church. Perhaps it is a parent or sibling or friend.