PRAYING THE PSALMS
Be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another
with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.
Sing and make music in your heart
to the Lord.
Consider what the most respected church fathers, especially Athanasisus and Augustine, taught about using psalms. They said we should adapt and adjust our minds so that we are in tune with the psalms. We must sing the psalms with the help of the Holy Spirit. They are like a school for the attitudes of the heart.
For example, when you read in Psalm 1, "Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked," you must actually reject the advice that wicked people give you. When you read, "But his delight is in the law of the Lord," you shouldn't take it easy and pat yourself on the back as if you are a person who already loves the Lord's teachings. For as long as you live, you will need to think of yourself as a person who desperately needs to love God's teachings eve more. When you read, "Whatever he does prospers," you should wish this for yourself and feel sorry for those who find themselves in trouble.
Don't think that you are being asked to do the impossible. All you nened to do is try, and I know you will be glad you did. First, practice on one psalm or even one verse of a psalm. You will be successful as soon as you have learned how to make just one verse come alive and live in your heart - even if it takes a day or a whole week. However, after you begin, everything else will follow naturally, and you will find a rich treasure of insight and love. Just be careful you don't let wearines and discouragement prevent you from getting started.