Introduction to Psalms

The Psalms were written by several authors over a period of nearly 1,000 years. From Moses, to David, to Solomon and others, the authors poured out their pleas to God and their passion for God in the Psalms. Many of the Psalms were used in temple worship, so it is no wonder we turn to them in worship today.

The Book of Psalms is well-loved because it speaks to the heart of human emotion. Perhaps it is because they were written by so many people, across so many years, in so many circumstances, that so many of us connect with them. We can all relate to the sighs of despair, the cries for mercy, and the proclamations of hope and victory recorded in Psalms. From the beginning of life (“Thou didst weave me in my mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:13) to the end of life (“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death… thou art with me.” Psalm 23:4), we turn to Psalms for comfort and encouragement.

The Psalms remind us that regardless of our circumstances, our unruly emotions, even our unfaithfulness to Him, God remains unchanged, exalted and worthy of worship.