The Psalms are a very 'human book', showing the whole gamut of human emotions. They give us 'permission' to express those feelings to God. They are also a very 'divine book', with God speaking into those emotions. Over the next few weeks those preaching will share some of their favourite Psalms and express what the Psalm means to them, and what it says theologically. Three general points from the Psalms:
a) The Psalms are instruction from God "His delight is in the law ....". 'The Law' is Torah and Torah means instruction. The Psalms are split into 5 books and were structured to be read alongside the five books of Moses (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy). Thinking and Feeling with God.
b) The Psalms are songs or poems. They speak into the emotions in our lives. Thinking and Feeling with God.
c) The Psalms are inspired by God. Jesus quotes the Psalms more often than any other OT book. He used them in his teaching. Thinking and Feeling with God.
Psalms have the power to mould us and shape us. God asks us to ensure than it is God's word, like the Psalms, that influences our lives (Psalm 1:1-2), and that through reflecting on His word we grow and flourish like trees with roots deep in living water (Psalm 1:3).