Psalms is the next book I would take to evangelise a desert island. Why?
What’s the book about?
Psalms is a book of songs and prayers, many written by David and other named characters and some by unnamed authors.
Why did I choose this book?
Psalms teaches us about how God’s people should respond to God and make requests to him. It contains Psalms on various themes:
- Praise for God’s actions in history
- Laments over the sad state of Israel
- Trust in God
- Confession of sin
Many of the psalms also point forward to the coming of Christ, either as King or sacrifice. It one of the most quoted (if not the most quoted) book in the New Testament.
Psalms are a great way for people to express their emotions to God. It is a pity they are so rarely studied, prayed or sung in the modern church.
If you would like to introduce Psalms to your church, the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland have made a metrical version of all 150 psalms in Psalms for Singing, with 21st Century lyrics. Well worth using.