The prophets, the
historians, the lawyers and the proverbs give us highly specialized lessons.
But the Psalms includes all lessons. The Psalms predicts things to come,
reminds us of the past, gives us law for the guidance of our lives. The
Psalms is a treasury of sound teachings and answers our every need. It heals
the hurt soul and gives recovery to the wounded heart. It heals our sick
souls and maintains what is sound in us.
The Psalms helps control
the passions that work havoc in man; and induces wise and wholesome
The Holy Spirit knows that
man is hard to draw to goodness, easily inclined to pleasure and neglectful
of what is right. So the Spirit gave us the beautiful Psalms that we may,
unaware, imbibe goodness as we would put sweet on bitter medicine.
No matter how savage
a wild beast is man, the singing of the Psalms can soothe him.
The Psalms puts the devil
to flight and brings the aid of angels to our side. It is armour in
the terrors of the night and refreshment during the day's toils.
To infants it is a
protection; to elders, a consolation; to women, an adornment.
It is the alphabet for
beginners in the spiritual life, a source of improvement for the advanced, a
confirmation to the perfect.
The Psalms is the voice of
the Church; it gladdens our feasts and elicits godly sorrow. It brings tears
to the hardest of hearts.
It is a school; you learn
as you sing. In this way, the commandments of God are imprinted in your
A lesson that is learned
unwillingly is not likely to last but all that is learned with pleasure and
delight effects something permanent in the soul. Enjoy the Psalms and you
will earn manliness, righteousness, self-control, perfect wisdom, repentance
The Psalms contains the
whole theology: advent, judgment, the resurrection, future of chastisement,
promise of glory.
The Psalter is the most
beautiful musical instrument; it is the only musical instrument where the
sounds come from heaven unlike the lyre where the sound comes from the
strings. This inspires us to seek the things from above rather than degrade
ourselves by our pleasures in the music to the lust of the flesh.
When our souls are like the
Psalms, musical and harmonious, then the road to eternal life becomes most