Let’s say you want to have a conversation with God using a Psalm. You open to Psalm 80. You start reading and quickly realize it doesn’t really resonate with you. Honestly, you don’t think you understand much of what you’re reading. So what can you do? One option is to just close your Bible and do something else because that didn’t work. Another option is to use https://www.amazon.com/Biblical-Theology-Study-Hardcover-Comfort/dp/0310450403/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?crid=2PDUXKI85PZEM&dchild=1&keywords=niv+biblical+theology+study+bible.+zondervan%2C+2018&qid=1615915078&sprefix=zondervan+theoloog%2Caps%2C208&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEyOVNOR0NWNlFWT1JDJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNjM1ODY2WlhBWjZFSVJDQjA3JmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTA1MTYxNzJURFFMTjFGVUNMOVgmd2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9hdGYmYWN0aW9uPWNsaWNrUmVkaXJlY3QmZG9Ob3RMb2dDbGljaz10cnVl (a good study Bible) that will help explain what you don’t understand. But a third option is the best one: just focus on what you do understand. You’re not doing a Bible study. You’re just wanting to have a conversation with God. So find words and phrases in the Psalm that do resonate with you and stop and use your imagination and pray using those words. Change “we” and “us” to “I” and “me.” Psalm 80 is filled with great phrases you can use to have an awesome conversation with God. Let’s do it. Psalm 80:1–4 ESV 1 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock. You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth. 2 Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, stir up your might and come to save us! 3 Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved! 4 O LORD God of hosts, how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers? Psalm 80:7–8 ESV 7 Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! 8 You brought a vine out of Egypt; you drove out the nations and planted it. Psalm 80:17–19 ESV 17 But let your hand be on the man of your right hand, the son of man whom you have made strong for yourself! 18 Then we shall not turn back from you; give us life, and we will call upon your name! 19 Restore us, O LORD God of hosts! Let your face shine, that we may be saved! Numbers 6:25–26 NIV The LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace. Psalm 67:1 ESV May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us. 2 Corinthians 4:6 NIV For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. Follow Dave Cover on Twitter https://twitter.com/davecover (@davecover) Follow A Bigger Life on Twitter https://twitter.com/abiggerlifepod (@ABiggerLifePod) This podcast is a ministry of https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/ (The Crossing), a church in Columbia, Missouri, a college town where the flagship campus of the University of Missouri is located. Like this content? Make sure to share it with others and leave us a rating, so others can find it too.