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The Psalms

A Commentary For Prayer And Reflection

by Henry Wansbrough

Jacket

Paperback
Price: £8.99
Publisher:BRF (Bible Reading Fellowship)
Published:March 2014
ISBN:978-1-841-01648-1
Review:

This devotional book contains a short reflection on each of the 150 Psalms.

The advice given in the introduction is to read the Psalm, then to read the reflection, looking up any cross references, then to read the Psalm again and to pray.

The author has also made a note in the introduction about the numbering of the Psalms and also the verses within Psalms where there is a short phrase in italics (e.g. Psalm 13 ‘For the director of music. A psalm of David. ‘) He then applies this numbering system throughout the book. Personally I found this unnecessarily confusing and I couldn’t see that it added anything helpful to my devotions.

The reflections are about a page long. Rather than going through the Psalm verse by verse, they tend to take an overall theme (the title of each tends to give an idea of what this theme will be). This theme is then looked at in a very broad way, across the whole Bible, with cross references given. For example, in the very familiar 23rd Psalm, the theme of the Lord as a shepherd is taken up and the cross references are to the Parable of the Lost Sheep and to Jesus speaking of himself as the Good Shepherd in John 10.

 

 



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