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Die besondere betekenis van die Psalms in die Christelike Kerk

A. C. Barnard

Verbum et Ecclesia; Skrif en Kerk: Vol 21, No 2 (2000), 214-227. doi: 10.4102/ve.v21i2.1255

Submitted: 09 September 2000
Published:  09 September 2000

Abstract

The exceptional value of the Psalms in the Christian church
The Psalms have a special place in the Bible as God's great prayer and hymn book. It is the work of various people, under the most representative situations, but it is also the work of the Holy Spirit. The Psalms express the lives, struggles, joy and praise of people before God with great clarity and true compassion. Their experiences of life, seen in the light of the living God, are vivid and real. The Christian Church took over the Psalms as their own, after the example of Jesus, whose life and work was seen as pictured in them. It became their prayer and hymn book - their life guide. The message of the Psalms is of such exceptional spiritual depth, expressing in great clarity every human need and emotion before God, that the Christian Church could find and understand itself in those situations and could associate itself with it.

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A. C. Barnard, Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa

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