Sheltering Mercy: Prayers Inspired by the Psalms

Sheltering Mercy: Prayers Inspired by the Psalms

by Ryan Whitaker Smith, Dan Wilt
Sheltering Mercy: Prayers Inspired by the Psalms

Sheltering Mercy: Prayers Inspired by the Psalms

by Ryan Whitaker Smith, Dan Wilt


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Christianity Today 2023 Book Award Finalist (Bible & Devotional)

Sheltering Mercy helps us rediscover the rich treasures of the Psalms—through free-verse prayer renderings of their poems and hymns—as a guide to personal devotion and meditation.

The church has always used the Psalms as part of its prayer life, and they have inspired countless other prayers. This book contains 75 prayers drawn from Psalms 1-75, providing lyrical sketches of what authors Ryan Whitaker Smith and Dan Wilt have seen, heard, and felt while sojourning in the Psalms. While each prayer corresponds to a particular psalm and touches on its themes and ideas, it is not a new translation of the Psalms or an attempt to modernize or contextualize their content or language. Rather, the prayers are responses to the Psalms written in harmony with Scripture. These prayers help us quiet our hearts before God and welcome us into a safe place amid the storms of life.

This artful, poetic, and classic devotional book features compelling custom illustrations and beautiful hardcover binding, offering a fresh way to reflect on and pray the Psalms.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781587435461
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/08/2022
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 425,982
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Ryan Whitaker Smith is an author and filmmaker from Nashville, Tennessee. His projects include The Jesus Music, a documentary about the history of contemporary Christian music, and film adaptations of the award-winning memoir Surprised by Oxford and G. K. Chesterton's The Ball and the Cross. He has collaborated with his father, Michael W. Smith, on songs, music videos, and concert specials.

Dan Wilt is a songwriter, speaker, educator, and author who has his own teaching ministry in worship and spiritual formation through He has served as a pastor and encourager of creative leaders and has written several devotionals, including A Well-Worn Path and Songs Are a Place We Go. Wilt is also a contributing author to Perspectives on Worship: Five Views and an internationally respected communicator on worship and the arts. He lives outside Nashville, Tennessee.

Table of Contents


Psalm 1:
River Tree
Psalm 2: Lord of Nations
Psalm 3: Heralds of Ungrace
Psalm 4: Architect of Salvation
Psalm 5: The House of God
Psalm 6: God of the Living
Psalm 7: Shield and Shadow
Psalm 8: Fashioned from Chaos
Psalm 9: Native Tongue
Psalm 10: Until Evil Ends
Psalm 11: The Path to Joy
Psalm 12: The Story of Mercy
Psalm 13: A Voice in the Dark
Psalm 14: The Side of the Redeemed
Psalm 15: A Hill of the Heart
Psalm 16: God of the Feast
Psalm 17: Justice Plea
Psalm 18: The Dawning of the Day
Psalm 19: Night and Day
Psalm 20: The Blessing of Christ
Psalm 21: Heir of God
Psalm 22: Stripped of Glory
Psalm 23: Further Up and Further In
Psalm 24: A Fountain Running Over
Psalm 25: A Hypocrite Hymn
Psalm 26: Cloaked in Grace
Psalm 27: Light and Life
Psalm 28: Wind and Word
Psalm 29: Living Word
Psalm 30: Drawn from Death's Door
Psalm 31: Covenant Keeper
Psalm 32: The Face of Mercy
Psalm 33: The Sound of Joy
Psalm 34: Illumined by Life
Psalm 35: Strong Lord
Psalm 36: Patient Chrysalis
Psalm 37: You Are Wisdom
Psalm 38: Shattered Portrait
Psalm 39: Saved by Grace
Psalm 40: A Testimony to Salvation
Psalm 41: You See the Poor
Psalm 42: Seized by Longing
Psalm 43: Christ Who Saves
Psalm 44: Broken Family
Psalm 45: In Union
Psalm 46: The One Safe Place
Psalm 47: Blessed Trinity
Psalm 48: King of New Jerusalem
Psalm 49: Your Truth
Psalm 50: Grounded by Gratitude
Psalm 51: Restorer of Broken Things
Psalm 52: How Long?
Psalm 53: Any One of Us
Psalm 54: Living Sacrifice
Psalm 55: Open Heart
Psalm 56: When Strength Fails
Psalm 57: These Rival Powers
Psalm 58: Marketplace of Idols
Psalm 59: Deliver Me from Evil
Psalm 60: Rebuilder of Ruins
Psalm 61: Journey Home
Psalm 62: Quiet Whisper
Psalm 63: Good and Sustaining God
Psalm 64: God Will Judge
Psalm 65: Unrestrained
Psalm 66: God of All Things
Psalm 67: Praise, Praise, Praise
Psalm 68: At Last!
Psalm 69: The Name That Saves
Psalm 70: Lord over Death and Darkness
Psalm 71: Always an Eden
Psalm 72: A Prayer for Those in Power
Psalm 73: This Place We Meet
Psalm 74: Remember Us
Psalm 75: The Times of Your Knowing
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