There is an earthy reality that attracts me to the Psalms. The prayers are not prayed from ivory towers but from the gut wrenching reality of day-to-day life.
Psalm 66 sounds like me on a bad day,verses 8-12a (ESV)
Bless our God, O peoples;
let the sound of his praise be heard,
who has kept our soul among the living
and has not let our feet slip.
For you, O God, have tested us;
you have tried us as silver is tried.
You brought us into the net;
you laid a crushing burden on our backs;
you let men ride over our heads;
we went through fire and through water;
The psalmist knows that God is good, has done good and will do good but still the reality of here and now has to be prayed through. Faith does not hide from the rough and tumble of life – and God is intimately involved in it, I might not like it but God is still sovereign in it.
Then, 12b, 16-20 (ESV)
yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance…
Come and hear, all you who fear God,
and I will tell what he has done for my soul.
I cried to him with my mouth,
and high praise was on my tongue.
If I had cherished iniquity in my heart,
the Lord would not have listened.
But truly God has listened;
he has attended to the voice of my prayer.
Blessed be God,
because he has not rejected my prayer
or removed his steadfast love from me!
One three letter word, yet – …if God is for us who can be against us…what can separate us from the love of God…Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up…as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.