Over the past few months I’ve been reading through the Psalms and Proverbs each day. As I’ve read, I’ve become more interested in the book of Psalms. I picked a used copy book up by Eugene H. Peterson hoping it would give me some insight into the Psalms. What it did was give me desire to read the Psalms more, but also a desire to pray through the Psalms.
If you have ever read The Message you already know Peterson has a flowing style of prose. You will find that same style here. Every so often you run into a nuggets such as, “Human beings are in trouble most of the time. Those who don’ t know they are in trouble are in the worst trouble.”
Peterson sees the Psalms not as text book, but as a school of prayer. That becomes evident throughout the book. The Psalms are not about information. They are about transforming us through prayer.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who as approached the book of Psalms, but wasn’t really sure what to do with it. Peterson maintains that praying the Psalms is how we answer God. God has already spoken, the book of Psalms is our answer.