Christians have long recognized the importance and value of the Psalms for worship and spiritual formation. The Psalms have been central to the life and worship of the people of God through the centuries even though they are less prominent in many churches today. Martin Luther called the Psalms a “mini-Bible” stating that all the key themes of the Bible are summarized here.
Thus, as we are faced with a culture and a church which is increasingly unaware of the key themes of the Bible and not shaped by its truths, the Psalms provide a strategic entryway for helping people grasp and be shaped by the Bible. The Psalms with their evocative imagery, prayers and songs help us to experience the truths of God’s words in the midst of life and worship. And if we recover the practices of singing and praying the Psalms, we can help ourselves and others encounter God and his truths in powerful ways.
We are blessed to have wonderful speakers this year to help us engage the Psalms as we seek to know God through his word.