One of the reasons why the book of Psalms was written is to give us a Biblical template to express grief, discouragement, complaint, anger and the whole gamut of human emotions. It’s as if God is saying, “Go ahead and tell me your predicament. Your feelings don’t shock me at all. I’m listening and I care.”

Other uses of the book of Psalms include the following:

Prophetic- many Psalms are prophetic in nature. Many descriptions of the Messiah come from the Psalms, like the one where He was to be pierced on the side and that he will not see corruption, i.e., He will be resurrected.

I cried a little bit tonight while reading a chapter of Kevin De Young’s The Good News We Almost Forgot. The book is about the Heidelberg Catechism and the section I was reading was on questions 3, 4 and 5.

3. How do you come to know your misery? Answer: The law of God tells me.
4. What does God’s law require of us? Answer: Full quotation of Matthew 22:37-40; love God with everything you are; love others as you love yourself.
5. Can you live up to all this perfectly? Answer: No, I have a natural tendency to hate God and my neighbor.

Worship produces a marveling effect that deeply satisfies our hearts so that we come to a point where we don’t feel the need to sin just to be happy.
Adapted from John Piper
The real test of being in the presence of God is that you either forget about yourself altogether or see yourself as a small, dirty object.
C.S. Lewis via Jared Wilson’s Gospel Deeps