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Psalms Quotes

“Most emphatically the Psalms must be read as poems; as lyrics, with all the licenses and all the formalities, the hyperboles, the emotional rather than logical connections, which are proper to lyric poetry.  They must be read as poems if they are to be understood; no less than French must be read as French or English as English.  Otherwise we shall miss what is in them and think we see what is not.” C.S. Lewis

“This is pure grace, that God tells us how we can speak with him and have fellowship with him.  We can do it by praying in the name of Jesus Christ.  The Psalms are given to us to this end, that we may learn to pray them in the name of Jesus Christ.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“And, among all the books, the Psalter has certainly a very special grace, a choiceness of quality well worthy to be pondered; for, besides the characteristics which it shares with others, it has this peculiar marvel of its own, that within it are represented and portrayed in all their great variety the movements of the human soul.” Athanasius

“Note that the Psalms thus propose to speak about human experience in an honest, freeing way.  This is in contrast to much human speech and conduct which is in fact a coverup.” Walter Brueggemann

“(The Psalms) ask us to depart from the closely managed world of public survival, to move into the open frightening, healing world of speech with the Holy One.” Walter Brueggemann

“The Psalms are an assurance to us that when we pray and worship, we are not expected to censure or deny the deepness of our own pilgrimage.  Rather we are expected to submit it openly and trustingly so that it can be brought to eloquent and passionate speech addressed to the Holy One.” Walter Brueggemann

“The Psalms are not used in a vacuum, but in a history where we are dying and rising, and in a history where God is at work, ending our lives and making gracious new beginnings for us.” Walter Brueggemann

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