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If the Old Testament's narrative materials relate to what God has done, and the prophetic literature reports what God has said, the Psalms present the response of the people to the acts and words of God, and not seldom also to God's inaction and God's silence. The whole breadth and depth of human life comes to the surface in the biblical psalms. That makes them so useful for public worship, family worship and private devotion among Jews and Christians. Renewed study of psalms and prayers as forms of religious expression can be helpful to the multi-cultural and secularized Western societies. The Psalter contains many of the main theological themes that run throughout Scripture: law and covenant, Zion and kingship, righteousness and wickedness, the incomparability of YHWH and the foolishness of idolatry.

Keywords: biblical psalms; Christian worship; God; human life; Jews; Old Testament's narrative; Zion



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