25 Quotes about the Book of Psalms


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The book of Psalms provide believers with Spirit-inspired prayers that cover the whole range of Christian life. Here are several inspirational quotes about the book of Psalms from men of past and present who have been greatly shaped and encouraged by the powerful book:

“The book of Psalms can revolutionize our devotional life, our family patterns, and the fellowship and witness of the church of Jesus Christ.”
― Willem VanGemeren

[Introducing his exposition of the Psalms:]”We have now before us one of the choicest parts of the Old Testament, wherein there is so much of Christ and his gospel, as well as of God and his law, that it has been called the summary of both Testaments. ”
― Matthew Henry

“No single book of Scripture, not even of the New Testament, has, perhaps, ever taken such hold on the heart of Christendom.”
― J.J. Stewart Perowne

“The psalms teach us about God and our relationship with Him; that is the heart of theology. The Psalter may be thought of as a portrait gallery of God, presenting us with multiple images of who God is.”
― Tremper Longman

“The Psalter is the prayer book of Jesus Christ in the truest sense of the word. He prayed the Psalter and now it has become his prayer for all time…we understand how the Psalter can be prayer to God and yet God’s own Word, precisely because here we encounter the praying Christ…because those who pray the psalms are joining in with the prayer of Jesus Christ, their prayer reaches the ears of God. Christ has become their intercessor…”
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“The more deeply we grow into the psalms and the more often we pray them as our own, the more simple and rich will our prayer become.”
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Whenever the Psalter is abandoned, an incomparable treasure is lost to the Christian church. With its recovery will come unexpected power.”
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“If you need a guide for your ongoing relationship with God, read Psalms.”
― Jim George

“The delightful study of the Psalms has yielded me boundless profit and ever-growing pleasure; common gratitude constrains me to communicate to others a portion of the benefit, with the prayer that it may induce them to search further for themselves.”
― Charles Spurgeon, in his preface to The Treasury of David

“It is not that every sentiment expressed by a psalmist is admirable, but that in praying the Psalms, we confront ourselves as we really are. The Psalms are a reality check to keep prayer from becoming sentimental, superficial, or detached from the real world.”
― Richard H. Schmidt

“There is no other book in which there is to be found more express and magnificent commendations, both of the unparalleled liberality of God towards his Church, and of all his works; there is no other book in which there is recorded so many deliverances, nor one in which the evidences and experiences of the fatherly providence and solicitude which God exercises towards us, are celebrated with such splendour of diction, and yet with the strictest adherence to truth; in short, there is no other book in which we are more perfectly taught the right manner of praising God, or in which we are more powerfully stirred up to the performance of this religious exercise.”
― John Calvin

“[The Psalms are] a Little Bible, wherein everything contained in the entire Bible is beautifully and briefly comprehended.”
—Martin Luther

“Romans gave Luther his theology, but it was the Psalms that gave him his thunder.”
— Steven Lawson

“There is no better way to enter the spirit of Israelite history and the faith of this people of antiquity than through this book.”
— C. Hassell Bullock

“When we read the Psalms, we are meant to learn things about God and about human nature and about how life is to be lived. Some poetry makes no claim to instruct the mind. The Psalms do. They are meant to be instructive about God and man and life.”
― John Piper

CS-Lewis-Quotes-about-the-Psalms-in-the-Bible“The most valuable thing the Psalms do for me is to express the same delight in God which made David dance.”
― C.S. Lewis

“The Psalmists in telling everyone to praise God are doing what all men do when they speak of what they care about.”
― C.S. Lewis in Reflections on the Psalms

“The psalms, like no other literature, lift us to a position where we can commune with God, capturing a sense of the greatness of his kingdom and a sense of what living with him for eternity will be like.”
― Gordon Fee

“[P]salms are basically prayers and hymns, by their very nature they are addressed to God or express truth about God in song.”
― Gordon Fee

“The psalms do not simply express emotions: when sung in faith, they actually shape the emotions of the godly.”
― C. John Collins

“All Christians would profit from a more deliberate effort to use the Psalms in their worship.”
― C. John Collins

“The Psalms are honest: there is no easy triumphalism and no attempt to disguise the trials that beset believers.”
― G.W. Grogan

“The Psalms are much more than poetry. Many of them bear the title, Maskil, or teaching psalm. They are thus intended to instruct the mind as well as to encourage the heart. They are designed not only to reflect a mood, but to show us also how to handle that mood; how to escape from depression or how to balance exaltation with wisdom.”
― Ray C. Stedman

“In the psalms, we have a collection of 150 prayers that were inspired originally by the Holy Ghost. If you want to know how God is pleased and honored in prayer, why not immerse yourself in the prayers that he himself has inspired?”
―R.C. Sproul

“It has been said by church historians that in those periods of Christian history where renewal, revival, and awakening took place and the church was at its strongest, that coincidental with those periods in church history, there was a strong focus on the psalms in the life of God’s people–particularly in the worship of God’s people.”
― R.C. Sproul

“Whenever I read the psalms, I feel like I am eavesdropping on a saint having a personal conversation with God.”
― R.C. Sproul

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