Doors into the Psalms
It appears to me that the Book of Psalms is a sort of palace, a large house of prayers, as it were. This lordly residence, moreover, is not only furnished with many rooms, many chapels, but is also provided with several portals of entry. While any one of the psalms, perhaps, may serve the latter purpose, some of them appear to do it in more obvious ways.
Such, for certain, is Psalm 1, the book's opening meditation on "the blessings of the man who strays not in the counsel of the ungodly," and so forth. Psalm 1, simply because it is first, seems a promising . . .
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Patrick Henry Reardon is pastor emeritus of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois, and the author of numerous books, including, most recently, Out of Step with God: Orthodox Christian Reflections on the Book of Numbers (Ancient Faith Publishing, 2019).
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