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At WEAVE we have been talking about, learning, and practicing prayer. For today’s after-weave…learning from the masters (the psalmists!) and bringing their form into today.

One of the ways we learn to pray is by praying the words that the faithful have prayed for centuries. The Psalms are so wonderful for this, as they encompass the full breadth and depth of human experience, emotion, spirituality, and conversation with God. They offer us words for praising, confessing, thanksgiving, supplication, intercession, dedication…and they have been spoken, sung, set to instrumental music, made into art, etc, for thousands of years.

Today try praying through the words of the psalmist through Psalm 19.1-4 and Psalm 29, both in word and song.

The heavens are telling the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours forth speech,
and night to night declares knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words;
their voice is not heard;
yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.

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You, divine beings! Give to the LORD—
give to the LORD glory and power!
Give to the LORD the glory due his name!
Bow down to the LORD
in holy splendor!
The LORD’s voice is over the waters;
the glorious God thunders;
the LORD is over the mighty waters.
The LORD’s voice is strong;
the LORD’s voice is majestic.
The LORD’s voice breaks cedar trees—
yes, the LORD shatters
the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon jump around
like a young bull,
makes Sirion jump around
like a young wild ox.
The LORD’s voice unleashes fiery flames;
the LORD’s voice shakes the wilderness—
yes, the LORD shakes
the wilderness of Kadesh.
The LORD’s voice convulses the oaks,
strips the forests bare,
but in his temple everyone shouts, “Glory!”
The LORD sits enthroned
over the floodwaters;
the LORD sits enthroned—king forever!
Let the LORD give strength to his people!
Let the LORD bless his people
with peace!

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