9780754636922

Words to God, Word from God: The Psalms in the Prayer and Preaching of the Church

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    9780754636922

  • ISBN10:

    0754636925

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2005-05-28
  • Publisher: Ashgate (AGH)

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Summary

The psalms challenge and sustain us in a number of ways, and in times of new challenges to the very fabric of the church, to its faith, and its values, we need to re-examine these ancient prayers and songs.This book explores the place and function of the psalms in Christian prayer, preaching, and worship. Examining the dual nature of the psalms as both words to God and word from God, the author brings together the historical experience of the church, biblical studies and theological reflection to focus on the application of the psalms in contemporary Christian life. A number of individual psalms are explored in terms of what they have to say about prayer or what theological issues they raise for contemporary life. This book encourages a reclamation of the psalms in the private and public prayers of the church and in the preaching of the word.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Abbreviations xi
PART I: INTRODUCTION
The Dual Role of the Psalms in the Church
3(16)
Introduction
3(1)
The Psalms in Israel
4(1)
The Psalms in the New Testament
5(1)
The Psalms in the History of the Church
6(6)
Not just a Christian Issue
12(2)
Psalms as Words to God and Word from God
14(5)
PART II: THE PSALMS AS WORDS TO GOD
The Psalms as Prayers
19(2)
The World of Prayer in the Psalms
21(58)
A World of Conversations
21(15)
A World Embracing Every Experience
36(13)
A World with its Own Language
49(10)
A World in which we are Not Alone
59(7)
An Evolving Conversation
66(4)
Being Moulded in Character
70(2)
Words of Prayer with Authority
72(2)
Praying in Christ
74(5)
What Individual Psalms Say about Prayer
79(24)
Psalms 13 and 90 -- Praying Laments
79(4)
Psalms 113 and 65 -- Praising God
83(5)
Psalm 107 -- Giving Thanks
88(2)
Psalms 121 and 27 -- Trusting God
90(6)
Psalm 51 -- Confessing Sin
96(7)
Invited to Pray
103(32)
The Way we Might Pray Using the Psalms
103(3)
The Order of the Psalms in Prayer
106(4)
The Psalms in Prayer With and For Others
110(13)
Speaking to God through the Psalms in the Liturgy
123(12)
PART III: THE PSALMS AS WORD FROM GOD
The Psalms in Preaching and Liturgy
135(22)
Listening to the Psalms in the Church
135(2)
The Psalms in the Lectionaries
137(5)
Issues in Preaching the Psalms
142(6)
The Practice of Preaching the Psalms
148(5)
Hearing God through the Psalms in the Liturgy
153(4)
Preaching from Individual Psalms
157(30)
Psalm 8 -- Creator, Creation and Humankind
157(7)
Psalm 73 -- God and Injustice in the World
164(7)
Psalm 89 -- Waiting for God's Faithfulness
171(5)
Psalm 126 -- Coming Home in Joy
176(4)
Psalm 139 -- God Knowing Us
180(7)
Appendix 187(2)
Select Bibliography 189(2)
General Index 191(2)
Index of Authors 193(2)
Index of Scriptures 195

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