The book of Psalms is the original hymnal, an anthology of ancient poetry traversing the human experience in the life of faith and doubt. Divided into five section, likely to imitate the five-fold division of the Torah, the Psalms open by calling the reader to a life of obedience. They climax at Psalm 73 with a crisis when divine faithfulness is in doubt. And they conclude with faith’s triumph, praising God not for God’s rewards, but for God’s being.
- When was a time you doubted God’s divine faithfulness?
- In your own words, what does it mean to praise God not for God’s rewards, but for God’s being?