How the Book of Psalms Is Like No Other Biblical Book
By Dane C. Ortlund
“when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.” -Psalm 63:6-7
Learning to Commune with God
The book of Psalms is the only book in the Bible that is actually written to God. From Genesis to Revelation, Scripture is God's Word to us. It is the Word of God—so it's God speaking to us.
But there's one book in the middle—a big book right in the center of the Bible—that is not only God speaking to us and giving us his Word, but also God giving us a way to speak to him. It's the one book in the Bible that includes prayers. Everywhere else in the Bible you might think, How do I read a chapter in Ezekiel or in the Gospels and turn that into prayer? In the Psalms, it's already done for you!
So the Psalms are especially suited for this devotional type of reflection.
Dane C. Ortlund (PhD, Wheaton College) is the executive vice president of Bible publishing and Bible publisher at Crossway. He serves as an editor for the Knowing the Bible series and the Short Studies in Biblical Theology series, and is the author of several books, including Edwards on the Christian Life. He lives with his wife, Stacey, and their five children in Wheaton, Illinois.