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Are you familiar with the psalms, located smack dab in the centre of the Bible? They have been the prayer and hymn book for the church for thousands of years. The psalms were the songs and poems that Jesus himself would have sung and read from an early age and he often referred to them in his teachings. In fact, Jesus and his contemporaries, including the apostle Paul would have known the psalms inside and out.

The beauty of the Book of Psalms in the Bible is that it contains songs and prayers that honestly express the whole range of human experience. In the psalms, we find people of faith crying out to God for help, rejoicing, despairing, praising, doubting and trusting. If you have read through the psalms, you will know that they have a wonderful capacity to capture the reality of our human experience. They express the emotions, personal feelings, gratitude, and interests of the average human.  In fact, one of the reasons that people can resonate with the psalms is that we can usually identify the words on the page with our own experiences.

The writers of the psalms often worshiped God through their writings. They confessed their fears, their anger and sins. They revealed their hope—and often, they asked God for help in times of trouble, faith in times of doubt, comfort in times of grief and despair and peace in times of turmoil.

The psalms were written to give hope to the hopeless and to show that we are not alone in our journey of life.

Lent is a time of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. During this season as we journey as a church towards Easter, we want to take time to ponder the psalms in our weekend services. To contemplate their rich meaning and application to our lives and to see that His faithful love endures forever.