Singing the Psalms – good for you

C. S. Lewis wrote his Reflections on the Psalms, and he is no exception, since many spiritual writers have done the same. Yet for years I appreciated the Psalms as Hebrew poetry and also appreciated what they could tell me about the theology of the royal court of Judah as well as post-exilic theology (since some of the Psalms are among the last parts of the canonical Hebrew Scriptures written), but I did not appreciate them personally. I am not a Judean king, I do not worship before a burnt offering in the First or Second Temples, and I do not think that anyone is out to kill me. So how could these songs speak to me? Then everything changed. Continue reading

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