I need help with scripture, and thank God I found this book about the Psalms by this Orthodox Church priest from All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago.
I’m only up to Psalm 4 so take this as a preliminary report on this good book. Each essay spans two pages in the book. These are commentaries that were published in various church bulletins where this priest was assigned. I have to share this because the essays are just that good.
These are not technical analyses of the psalms, they are homiletic commentaries and explanations.
Right now, I’m spending about four days on each psalm, alternately reading the psalm and then reading the commentary.
Psalm 1 is #1 for a very good reason as Fr. Reardon points out. These are hymns of praise and thanksgiving and petition to God – by and for believers. Those who do not believe needn’t waste their time on these writings.
A small sampling of the power of his writing:
"…the book of Psalms …shows that…] prayer and praise of God are a major component of the biblical doctrine of holiness. One cannot live a worldly life and still expect to pray the psalms. The Psalter has nothing to say to the worldly; it is not for the unconverted, the unrepentant. It is, rather, the prayer book of those who strive for holiness of life and unceasing praise of God."
This is a book that I know that I want to read and re-read.