Here, Eugene Peterson explains the power and significance of the Psalms that was undermined by the work of OT scholars who denied the historicity and inerrancy of the Bible. Prayer is “at the center of the action” in the Christian life. Meditating on this before Prayer Meeting tonight:
“Up to this time [liberal scholarship in the nineteenth century] the Psalms had been at the very center of the action, as they showed the Hebrews is bold and vigorous prayer, responding to the God who was shaping salvation in them. They were taken with great seriousness and great delight. They attracted the best commentators. They provided a language for expressing the entire life of worship and every dimension of experience in the people of faith. The human dimensions of the biblical story were nowhere seen in so much detail and depth as here. The praying person was the person responding out of the detailed concreteness of the human condition to the totality of the divine presence.”
Eugene Peterson, Working the Angles (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1987), 35.