Prayers on the Psalms

I have just received my copy of Prayers on the Psalms:From The Scottish Psalter of 1595 and am delighted with it! It will now be placed on my morning table alongside Reading the Psalms with Luther to aid me as I seek to pray the Psalms.

After just seeing the book in a catalog I did not realize this little volume contains a prayer from each Psalm. This makes it, like Luther’s book, immensely valuable. Some Psalms and some mornings combine to make it relatively easy to pray the particular Psalm in view. Many other days it is more difficult and having a good example is very helpful.

Furthermore, late 16th century Scotland is a good source for mature reflection on the Psalms- a day when the psalms were cherished, sung and prayed. The difficult days of the Covenanters, when so many died for the faith, was yet 40 or so years away. Yet, it is no surprise that when these Covenanters faced persecution, rejection and death, they did so with the Psalms on their lips.  These psalm-based prayers from the previous generation formed part of the soil from which grew such faith and endurance.

Lastly, I am increasingly convinced that the best way to prepare to preach the Psalms is to have been praying and singing them along the way. Thus, I am grateful for this little volume.


  1. This looks outstanding! And I see that David Calhoun wrote the intro, who told the story of Martin Marty I mentioned earlier this week (and wrote about the stalwart Tennesseans making the trek up to Princeton for the fall semester). I’d love to hear more about it as you make use of it.

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