I memorized and recited Psalm 23 when I was young and I still have it in my memory to date. We are accustomed to sing and pray this psalm to express God’s goodness but there are other dimensions to it.
I brought up the discussion on Psalm 23 in our bible study one day, and one member said that it can be used when one needs discernment.
Other members wanted to know which other verses in the book of Psalms you can read when you need discernment.
As a church leader and having dealt with this topic many times, I decided to write this article to educate those seeking to know which Psalms to read for discernment.
“I am your servant; give me discernment that I may understand your statutes.”
“Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I trust your commands.”
“Cause me to understand the way of your precepts, that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds.”
In this verse, the psalmist asks God to give him a deep insight into His word or rules and how to live a pleasing life to his God. He adds by saying that it is so that he may go out and share it with others.
“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
In these verses, the psalmist asks God to lead him as his shepherd. He trusts in His guidance, provision, and protection from any destruction.
You can use these verses when you want spiritual nourishment and guidance from God.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.”
This verse reminds you to practice fearing the Lord.
“The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom, and their tongues speak what is just.”
He says that you can only truly worship God when you have His word in your heart.
This verse teaches you not to ignore the word of God by just reading it and going your way but to have it in your heart.
“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
It reminds you that God will reveal His plan and will over your life when you follow His ways.
How to use Psalms to ask God for discernment
You can know the word but not know how to apply it in your daily life. By quieting your heart, you can ask God to grant you an understanding of His law which is a spiritual need.
What is the best time to pray these Psalms?
The best time to pray these Psalms is when you want to discern the seasons and times you are in. You need to focus and rely on what God is saying to you to discern His will and live a purposeful life.
When we pray for discernment using these Psalms, the Holy Spirit will reveal to us what is good or bad, truth or a lie, and right or wrong.
Can you pray these Psalms on behalf of someone else?
A pastor, for example, can use these psalms to pray for someone who needs direction or guidance in life.
As a devout Christian, I have always been passionate about the Christian faith. This inspired me to pursue a degree in Religious studies and a Masters in Theology in college. I have also been privileged to teach 4 Christian courses in a college and university. Since I am dedicated to spreading the word of God, I am actively involved in the Church. Additionally, I share his word online and cover diverse topics on the Christian faith through my platform. You can read more about me on the about us page.