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The vitality and importance of the Psalms today is clearly communicated in this helpful survey by a supremely respected OT scholar and teacher. The collected praises and laments of ancient Israel are seen as constant reminders of God's nearness to the needs of his people.
Westermann carefully charts the different collections and types of Psalms, explaining their original settings in daily life. Key examples unfold the patterns of OT prayer and worship, helping us appreciate the Psalms' powerful and timeless message.
Introduction: A Call to Praise The Community Psalm of Lament (CL) The Community Psalm of Narrative Praise (CP) The Individual Psalm of Lament (IL) The Individual Psalm of Narrative Praise (IP) The Psalm of Descriptive Praise of Hymn (H) Creation Psalms Liturgical Psalms Royal Psalms Enthronement Psalms Wisdom Psalms Psalm 119 Conclusion: Psalm 90 The Psalms and Christ Selected Bibiography