We begin our study, not at the beginning of either book, but with the Psalms. Since we will be reading the Psalter daily and, in fact, will read all of the Psalms twice in one year, it makes sense to read the sections about the Psalter as we start.
Several people served as editors and proofreaders of the study guide and when we gathered to discuss our experiences, we found that people were most provoked by the daily reading of the Psalms. One person suggested that they were written by Cro-Magnons, several thought there was a total disconnect between the study and the reading of the Psalms. It may be that because the Revised Common Lectionary blends various readings, we have grown used to reading scripture that fits together and creates a theme. This outline is not structured that way. The object is to study and cover a lot of ground. Sometimes the Psalms may “fit” with the reading and sometimes not.
As the discussion continued we heard from people who thought that the Psalms exposed the best and the worst of civilization and could be applied to the best and the worst in all of us. The term “yin-yang” came up. We ask God to help, to forgive, to protect us and, in an all too human way, we ask God to help us get even with our enemies and we have been asking this for a very long time.
The Psalms are the oldest words in the BCP. They connect us to the earlier Prayerbooks, to the earliest Christians and to the Hebrew people. Jesus said the Psalms. How can we not spend a little time each day using these ancient prayers to praise God?
Deliverance belongs to the LORD.
Your blessing be upon your people!