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How to Create Your Own Psalm like King David

Updated on March 1, 2015
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The Psalms of David - King David - Psalms in the Bible
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Tools to Create YOUR Psalm

Praise is NEVER too much for God!

5 stars for The Psalms of David

I am always reading a book (or 2 or 3 at the same time) and so one day while reading a book by Nancy Leigh DeMoss titled "A Place of Quiet Rest", I came across a brilliant suggestion in one of her ‘Make it Personal’ sections.

It really stood out in my mind and so at first, I thought to myself, “I can do that”. I read to the end of the chapter and then I said to myself, “I am going to do that!”

You see, in the moment that I saw her suggestion something clicked and I totally connected with her idea. I’ll tell you why. In its wisdom, the Catholic Church has called the Psalms, “the prayer of the assembly” (Catechism of the Catholic Church) and it recognizes that the Psalms act as both nourishment for Catholics and an ‘inseparably personal and communal prayer’.

While its normal for us to relate to the communal aspect of the Psalms – since a Psalm is read during every Sunday Mass, Weekday Mass and Feast Day Mass - many of us Catholics haven’t really fully grasped and utilized the personal aspect of the Psalms.

On that insightful day, however, I set to work creating Psalm 151 – my own personal Psalm of praise and thanksgiving to God – which I say each day along with a regular Psalm in the Bible.

So in this article, I will be sharing with you just how I created my new and personal Psalm and how you can make your own personalized Psalm, like King David and I, and fully experience that personal part of the Psalms that may have been locked away from you, until now.


Time & Tools Required for YOUR Psalm!

Time required: Anywhere from 1/2 an hour to ...

Difficulty: easy

Cost: Approximately US$20

Materials:

  • 1 Pen
  • 1 Sheet of Paper (or Notepad - this can get addictive!)

Tools:

  • 1 Joyful Heart
  • 1 Praise & Worship CD (turned up full blast)
  • 1 Hymn book

Detailed & Simple Instructions for YOUR Psalm!

1. Begin by saying a prayer to the Holy Spirit asking for inspiration and remembrance of all that God has done for you and your loved ones (small, medium and big things).

2. Sing a few hymns or songs of praise OR put on a Praise & Worship CD and sing along at the top of your voice.

3. Then with your adrenaline still pumping from your private 'Praise & Worship' session, take your pen and paper and just begin to tell God, in writing, all the things that you are thankful for and want to give Him praise for.

4. Pull out your Personal Psalm any and every day and time you want to thereafter and say it.

(To encourage you, here's a glimpse of what my Personal Psalm 151 looks like. You can do it!)

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Which one of these Praise Psalms is YOUR favourite?

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @DeborahDian: Yes Deborah-Diane you can write your very own Psalm 151. Without realizing it, each of us has a ton of things we can personally thank God for since we have varied experiences of his help, guidance, protection and providence. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed weekend!

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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      What an incredible idea ... to create our own Psalm. The 23rd Psalm is my favorite, but I never thought about writing my own version.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Ibidii: You're welcome and thanks, ibidii! Have a blessed week and thanks for visiting.

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      Ibidii 3 years ago

      This is an awesome idea Heidi! I will start right away! :) Great lens!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @VspaBotanicals: I am so happy that this lens was a blessing to you today, VspaBotanicals! You are very welcome and I wish you continued blessings this week.

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      VspaBotanicals 3 years ago

      I really needed this lens today. Thank you so very much!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Linda BookLady: Thanks for visiting, LindaJM. Glad you appreciated my sharing on my psalm writing process. Have a blessed week!

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      Linda Jo Martin 3 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Right now I don't have a favorite psalm... but I want to say, I admire your psalm writing process.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Gayle Dowell: Thanks for visiting, KitandCaboodle, and sahring your favourite Psalm with us. Have a blessed week!

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      Gayle Dowell 3 years ago from Kansas

      Psalm 139 is my all time favorite!

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      Tim Bader 3 years ago from Surrey, UK

      Love it!It's always good to start (anything) with praise and worship - a good place to be in.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @GeorgeneMBramlage: Thanks for visiting and sharing your favourite Psalms with us, Cercis. Those aer lovely Psalms. Glad you liked by backdrop and intro photo idea. Have a blessed week!

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 3 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      Hi! Enjoyed this how-to-do-it very much? I have a copy of the Freemantle book which you used as an illustration and background (great idea!). My favorite psalms: #121 (a song of degrees), psalm 130 (another song of degrees) and of course, from David, psalm #23.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @sousababy: Thanks for visiting and sharing your reassuring verses and Psalm in the Bible with us, sousababy. I also love Matthew 18:20 and, in fact, use it quite often to remind persons of the power of joining in prayer with myself or another in difficult circumstances. Have a blessed weekend and week ahead.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @captainj88: Thanks again leahjsongs!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @captainj88: This a blessed 'coincidence' then, leahjsongs :)) May God bless your your women's retreat and your delivery at that retreat! Thanks for your visit, personal sharing and telling us your favourite psalms. Have a blessed weekend and week ahead.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @GrammieOlivia: Continue making a joyful noise unto the Lord, grammieo! Thanks for your visit and personal sharing on your use of psalms. Have a blessed week.

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      sousababy 3 years ago

      Well, I've always found Matthew 18:20 reassuring: "For where two or three are come together in my name, there am I among them." Psalm 45 (I think): "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning."

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      Leah J. Hileman 3 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Oh, I like the clever way you created this as a "how to" lens. Nice touch!

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      Leah J. Hileman 3 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I love this idea!!!! Great lens suggestion. I'm organizing a women's retreat right now called "Tea for Two: Intimate Conversations With God In the Psalms." The focus is that the prayers featured in Psalms speak to literally every human emotion and condition, and are great to use as tools for personal prayer, particularly when we are at a loss for words. I love this idea of creating our own personal Psalms. My favorite Psalm is probably #20, but #148 comes in a close second.

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      GrammieOlivia 3 years ago

      Thank you FreshStart7 for this lovely idea. While I must say, I have made my own psalms to the Lord, and have also prayed the psalms everyday for years, it's nice to see a great bit of "advice" that everyone can follow! Each in their own way, can make beautiful music to the Lord! Blessings to you!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Merrci: Thanks Merrci! Glad you liked the idea. Have a blessed weekend.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Sweet! What a wonderful idea. It's a great lens!