Reflections on the Psalms

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“We delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation.”

The Psalms were written as songs; we should read them as poetry, in the spirit of lyric, not as sermons or instructions. But they are also shrouded in mystery, and in this careful reading from one of our most trusted fellow travelers, C.S. Lewis helps us begin to reveal their meaning in our daily lives and in the world. Reflecting again and ...

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Overview

“We delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation.”

The Psalms were written as songs; we should read them as poetry, in the spirit of lyric, not as sermons or instructions. But they are also shrouded in mystery, and in this careful reading from one of our most trusted fellow travelers, C.S. Lewis helps us begin to reveal their meaning in our daily lives and in the world. Reflecting again and anew on these beloved passages, we can find both joy and difficulty, but also, always, real enlightenment and moments of transcendent grace.

"This book may not tell the reader all he would like to know about the Psalms, but it will tell him a good deal he will not like to know about himself." —Times Literary Supplement

"[Lewis] . . . displays in this volume the same keen insight and gifted tongue that have made him one of the most highly respected essayists using the English language." —Chicago Sunday Tribune

"Full of illuminating observations." —New York Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156762489
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/28/1964
  • Series: Harvest Book Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 110,305
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

C. S. Lewis

C. S. (Clive Staples) Lewis (1898-1963), one of the great writers of the twentieth century, also continues to be one of our most influential Christian thinkers. A Fellow and tutor at Oxford until 1954, he spent the rest of his career as Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge. He wrote more than thirty books, both popular and scholarly, inlcuding The Chronicles of Narnia series, The Screwtape Letters , The Four Loves , Mere Christianity and Surprised by Joy .

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    1. Also Known As:
      Clive Staples Lewis (real name); Clive Hamilton, N.W. Clerk, Nat Whilk; called "Jack" by his friends
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 29, 1898
    2. Place of Birth:
      Belfast, Nothern Ireland
    1. Date of Death:
      November 22, 1963
    2. Place of Death:
      Headington, England

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  • Posted May 8, 2011

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    An expose which sheds light on the meaning and application of this wonderful poetic literature.

    Lewis, in this enlightening work, shares his ruminations on selected Psalms, and takes on a tone of thoughtful collegiality as he weaves a tapestry of undeniable symbollism and significance. He includes in this work the Psalms he references, and simply but lucidly denotes special characteristics of the selected literature. He expresses the method by which the Psalms speak to us today, and invokes the reader to thoughts as well as feelings produced by the Psalms, and reveals the divine quality in them which lifts our hearts as well as our spirits.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2000

    One of Lewis' Most Enlightened Works

    While Lewis does not claim to be a scholar in relation to the Psalms, any lover of poetic literature with a keen sense of humanity would think otherwise. Lewis' rational view of the Psalms and the Psalmists give revelational insight into the hearts of God and man. Definately worth reading.

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