Psalms were not usually spoken. They were sung with human voices, accompanied by musical instruments like
They were for public worship and private prayer,
There is no holding back in the Psalms. They are straightforward about their joys and their grief and quite frank about their doubts as well as their faith and hope. And so the ordinary person is able to feel a connection with these ancient prayers.
In many of the Bible books, women are portrayed as singers of hymns (eg. Miriam in Exodus 15:20-21, Deborah in Judges 5).
‘From biblical times to the present age, the psalms have nourished and enriched the prayer lives of women in public and in private worship. Jewish and Christian women alike have found their thoughts, their needs, and their life experiences reflected in the text of the psalms. Hannah (the mother of Samuel), Judith (the heroine who saved her city from destruction in the deuterocanonical book of Judith), and Mary (the mother of Jesus) are all said to have used psalmic traditions to respond to highly significant situations in their own lives.’ (Women’s Bible Commentary, Carol A Newsom and Sharon H. Ringe Editors, p.147)
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The Psalms are the prayers that Jesus knew – for example, he was probably praying the Psalms as he waited in the Garden of Gethsemane for the soldiers who would arrest him.
And even more important: the words of two psalms were the last words that the dying Jesus spoke (Psalm 22 and 31):
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