What is a Psalm?

I see a psalm as nothing but the details of your heart. It’s your yearnings, your confession, your sadness, your loneliness. How can I say that? Because a Psalm is the private cry of your heart to the Saviour.

As I researched the meaning of a psalm, I learned that synonyms include an anthem, a canticle, a carol, a chorale, a hymn or even a spiritual.

A psalm is a sacred song or poem used in worship. People who are learned in such things say that there are four kinds of psalm prayer, including adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, and supplication. 

 Five kinds of psalms include praise, wisdom, royal, thanksgiving, and lament and the themes include man, God, & the natural world, The Royal House of Israel, God’s protection, self-destruction, and death.

I ask you do any of those describe how our hearts join in pain and suffering or worship when we incline ourselves to their cry?  I think not.

So, I go back to my original thought. A psalm is the cry of our hearts as we search for God and his comfort.

Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

(From Ephesians 5:19-20, NIV)

You can cry out even now.

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