Maybe you want to be able to praise God in all circumstances, but sometimes you just don’t feel like it. If so, you can relate well to the Psalms – the biblical book that glorifies God for who He is, while realistically depicting human struggles.


No matter how you feel at any given moment, you can use the Psalms to guide your prayers. And in the process, you’ll discover something exciting: Praising God through the Psalms will change you. Over time, you’ll develop a heart that wants to praise God no matter what.


Here are some ways you can pray through the Psalms to develop a heart of praise:


Psalm 95:6-7: Confess how hard it is for you to submit your will to God’s, and let Him know that you want to do so. Ask God to help you love and trust Him more deeply so you can surrender yourself to His will for you.


Psalm 86:11-12: Remember that God has your best interests in mind. Ask Him to give you a teachable spirit so you can discover the riches He has in store for you.


Psalm 90:9-10, 12: Acknowledge that life without God is meaningless. Ask Him to give you a vision of who you are and what you are to do. Ask for the grace to order your days in ways that glorify God. Decide to trust God’s guidance, even when you don’t understand what’s going on.


Psalm 29:1-2: Praise God for His unsurpassed holiness. Thank Him for allowing you to approach Him through prayer and gaze on the beauty of His holiness.


Psalm 22:2-3: Thank God that, while He is enthroned above, He also dwells in your heart. Realize that He knows you even better than you know yourself. Ask Him to lift your vision above your burdens and enable you to live in the power of praise.


Psalm 51:16-17: Give God all of your heart, being open and honest even when you’re hurting. Remember that He desires your heart over any material sacrifice you could bring.


Psalm 68:5-6: Know that you don’t have to be lonely, even when you’re alone. Ask God to make Him aware of His presence with you, and lead you into closer relationships with your brothers and sisters in Christ. Don’t resist the ways He has planned for you to grow.