Psalms: The Prayerbook of Jesus


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The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear him, and he makes his covenant known to them. ~ Psalm 25:14

In Life Together, his book on Christian community, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote, "The Psalter is the prayer book of Jesus Christ."

St. Augustine instructed to not only pray the psalms, but to feel the emotions of the psalms as you pray. “If the psalm prays, you pray. If the psalm laments, you lament. If the psalm exalts, you rejoice. If it hopes, you hope. If it fears, you fear. Everything written here is a mirror for us.”   

Timothy Keller says that Psalms teach us how to pray because they bring us close to God. He suggests that this closeness knits us into friendship with God. 

There are many ways to pray the psalms. The following resources may help as you consider the Psalter as a School of Prayer.

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  1. I need more reminders to live my life with God with my emotions engaged. Thank you!


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