The psalms have kept me honest about life. John Calvin, the sixteenth century Reformer, taught that the "psalms contain all the anatomy of the human soul." And I'm bound to a spiritual tradition that teaches me to stay connected to God by staying connected to my soul through practicing the poetry of prayer in the Psalms.
Learning to live into this rugged "hymnal" of spiritual poetry we call the Psalms is what can help us become what St Ireneus envisioned: "The glory of God is a human being fully alive."
Fully alive that's what we all seek. And fully alive is what the Psalms want to make of us.
In this video, Bono and Eugene Peterson reflect on how modern people can find a path into life through the ancient poetry of the Psalms.