Praying through the Psalms has helped me through many difficult times. Sometimes one's heart aches to pray, but does not have the words, or is distressed and cannot focus. I open the Psalms and pray with David, as I would a friend or family member, praying through multiple psalms and following their ups and downs, until my prayers are answered and I am given peace.
>Do you use the Septuagint or Masoretic Texts as the basis for your Psalter?
Sometimes I consult the Orthodox Study Bible (especially for its notes), but I must confess: I have a weakness for the beauty of the King James Version's Psalms. Like much ancient literature and most poetry, the Bible was written to be either read aloud or heard from another, and the KJV's translators were particularly sensitive to this. The way it flows and sounds is beautiful, spellbinding, and I cannot get enough of it.
>There is a reason that the word says to avoid 'vain repetitions'.
Which is immediately followed by Jesus giving The Lord's Prayer, a prayer which Jesus himself repeated multiple times throughout his life and instructed us to pray as well. Note that he specifies vain
repetition, not repetition per se.
Scripture is read, recited, or quoted, not improvised, and yet it still enters your heart. You can sing the Psalms from your heart, and many (if not all) of these Psalms are also prayers. So tell me: if a psalm, which is doubles as a prayer, is prayed instead of chanted, sung, or read as a lecture, does it cease to be from the heart?