Thursday, May 26, 2011

Themes, Continued

Penitential or Confession – Seven lament psalms of David have this characteristic. These songs are confessions of sin and expressions of humility before God. The full list of seven includes Psalms 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, and 143. It is said that in the early church believers used these psalms individually and corporately when expressing sorrow to God for their sins.
Prayer – Only five are actually described as prayers. They are Psalms 17, 86, 90, 102, and 142.
Trust – These psalms contain affirmations of confidence in the middle of ongoing trouble. They include Psalms 11, 16, 23, 27, 30, and 32.

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