Psalmody, part 2 – Juicing up our prayers!

September 7, 2012 — Leave a comment

I’m defining Psalmody as “the systematic, continuous reading and praying of the Psalms.” This is the second installment of quotations about the importance of the Psalms.

Today, let’s listen to Martin Luther on his preference for praying the Psalms instead of other “little prayers!”

When read only occasionally, these prayers are too overwhelming in design and power and tend to turn us back to more palatable fare. But whoever has begun to pray the Psalter seriously and regularly will soon give a vacation to other little devotional prayers and say: ‘Ah, there is not the juice, the strength, the passion, the fire which I find in the Psalter. It tastes too cold and too hard.’

“It is therefore easy to understand why the Book of Psalms is the favorite book of all the saints. For every man on every occasion can find in it Psalms which fit his needs, which he feels to be as appropriate as if they had been set there just for his sake.”

NOTE: This summer I taught the morning sessions at Pilgrim Pines family camp in NH for a week in July. My theme was, Psalmody: Experiencing Christ in the Psalms.  These teachings are currently available for downloading here.
I’d be glad to send the 6 page pdf of the teaching handout to anyone who requests it. You can  email your request directly.

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