Believers face many challenges when it comes to exorcism as not many books in the bible address it; that is why they need guidance with evicting evil spirits.
As a seasoned theologian and long-term Christian with a deep Biblical understanding, I know how effectively the book of Psalms can address this concept.
That is why I volunteered to teach my fellow Bible study members on the Psalms to read for exorcism after a member raised this topic. Here is what we shared:
5 Psalms to read for exorcism
“In you, Lord my God, I put my trust. I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause.”
In this verse, David asks God to guard his life and rescue him from all evils, for he takes refuge in him.
The psalmist equates being influenced with evil to being shamed and asks God to come to his rescue so that he may not be put to shame.
Therefore, the scripture comes in handy while praying against embarrassments that emanate from being possessed by evil spirits.
“Keep me free from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge. Into your hands I commit my spirit; deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.”
In chapter four of Psalm 31, the psalmist acknowledges that God is his refuge and asks God to deliver him from the traps devised for him.
In the next verse, the psalmist commits his spirit unto the Lord and asks him to deliver it.
The verse duo is a good combination you can employ when tackling spiritual deliverance from the forces of the darkness.
“I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies.”
In this scripture, the psalmist expresses his gratitude to God for saving him from his enemies after calling unto the Lord.
As Ephesians 6:12 puts it, the devil is the common enemy of all believers. Thus, you can use the Psalm to call for God’s intervention to exorcise and destroy the evil forces.
“The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.”
In this scripture, the psalmist states that God’s angels encamp around those who fear the Lord, and they deliver them from any danger or evil.
David wrote this Psalm to exalt God for delivering him from his adversaries.
Since the context for writing the Psalm is more focused on physical enemies, you can use the Psalm to exorcise evil forces that manifest through physical enemies.
“In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me; turn your ear to me and save me. Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of those who are evil and cruel.”
In verse two, the psalmist asks God to listen to him and deliver him. Also, he requests God’s intervention to deliver him from the hands of the wicked and the grasp of the evil.
You can employ this Psalm in exorcism, especially when unsure if God is listening to your prayers.
What does the book of Psalms say about exorcism?
The book of Psalms acknowledges the rationality of exorcism and provides believers with different songs for exorcism purposes.
For instance, Psalm 91’s earliest interpretations were associated with demons: most scholars believe it could “ward off” demons.
The early interpretations of the Psalm are believed by scholars to contain phrases to protect humans from demonic threats.
Equally, the book of Psalms acknowledges God’s powers over demonic forces. For instance, the psalmists consider God as their refuge against any form of evil. Examples include Psalm 91:2, Psalm 25:20, and Psalm 31:4-5.
How do you use the Psalms for Exorcism?
Some believers perceive that exorcism should only be done by qualified religious personnel. If you’re qualified to execute the practice, you should exorcise in private, with the Psalms memorized or written for you to read.
You should also pronounce the Psalms in an authoritative and commanding tone, as if in an incantation, but with confidence and humility.
Another spectrum of believers also perceive that the exorcist should have a crucifix or other symbols of divinity while saying the Psalms.
Lastly, you may supplement the Psalms with additional words from the Holy Writ, but caution should be taken to refrain from using your own words.
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