Martin Luther and the Book of Psalms

“Where does one find finer words of joy than in the psalms of praise and thanksgiving?  There you look into the hearts of all saints, as into fair and pleasant gardens, yes as into heaven itself.  There you see what fine and pleasant flowers of the heart spring up from all sorts of fair and happy thoughts toward God, because of His blessings.”

Martin Luther

The Book of Psalms was the songbook of the Israelites.  Many churches still chant or sing the Psalms today. A multitude of  hymns and Christian songs are based on a particular psalm. Luther called this book “the Bible in miniature” and took particular comfort in reading the Psalms. His most famous hymn, A Mighty Fortress, is a paraphrase of Psalm 46:

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble

Therefore we will not fear though the earth should change,

though the mountains shake  in the heart of the sea;

though the waters roar and foam though the mountains tremble with its tumult.

What’s your favorite Psalm?  Is it used in worship or a song that you love?  I’m hoping our authors and readers will weigh in on this.

3 thoughts on “Martin Luther and the Book of Psalms

  1. I have so many favorite Psalms, songs for all emotions. Because the psalms were the songbook for the people of Israel, scholars know which songs would have been sung at other points in the Bible. One of my favorites is Psalm 23, which is, I think, a favorite of many people. Special to me is Psalm 27(seeking His face) and also Psalm 30:11-12 (after the birth of my daughter.)

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  2. Good choices, Nancy. I will be posting on a favorite Psalm of mine soon, and hope others will join in by sending us their favorites. The shepherd has always been my favorite image of Jesus, and is especially comforting to me right now, having suffered my mom’s death.


  3. Pingback: My reading list for January 7-13, 2018 | Clay on the Wheel

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