Understanding and Praying the Psalms


By Rev Fr William Goh


By Rev Fr William Goh
Set of 4 cds

If your soul is thirsting for the Lord, if you find yourself inadequate in expressing your prayers and heart to God, then come and learn how to pray the psalms that Jesus and His Church pray.

Talk 1: The Psalms as Biblical Prayers
The psalms are at the heart of the bible. A proper appreciation of the richness of the psalms as prayers requires the reader to have some understanding of the nature of psalms. This talk provides an overview of the origin, structure and types of psalms. By situating the historical meaning of the psalms we can then relate them to our immediate context.

Talk 2: The Spirituality Of The Psalmist
This talk enlightens us on the key theological ideas conveyed by the psalms, such as creation, salvation and the Messiah. Only by seeing the world, self and God through the eyes of the ancient Israelites, can we identify with them when we pray the psalms. Jesus himself, like all pious Jews, prayed the psalms and cited them in his teachings. The New Testament writers read the psalms not only as prayers but as witness to Jesus as the Messiah. Hence, it is important to examine the Christological content of the psalms as well.

Talk 3: Praying the Psalms in a Christian Way
The Christological thrust of the psalms, especially from the perspective of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus, provides us the key to praying the psalms in a Christian way. Indeed, it is because of its Christic-dimension that the psalms used by the Jews could be seamlessly incorporated into the Christian liturgy. This explains why the psalms constitute the principal component of the official prayer of the Church, namely, the Divine Office or the Liturgy of the Hours. These psalms are prayed in Christ and with the Body of Christ, since these psalms are prayers of Christ.

Talk 4: The Principal Ways of Praying the Psalms

The final talk offers a variety of methods to pray, chant or sing the psalms meaningfully and prayerfully, so that one’s faith is edified and our hearts are raised to God. You will be taught how to read the psalms, pray the psalms with imagination, according to its key words, or according to the liturgy and spiritual writers. Consideration will also be given to the dilemma when praying the “cursing psalms.” In this way, one can become fully engaged in the psalms as expressions of both personal and liturgical Christian prayers.