Traditionally attributed to King David, among others, the book of Psalms is a collection of 150 songs in praise of the Lord, containing some of the Bible’s most beautiful and inspiring verses. For centuries, Jewish and Christian people all over the world have turned to the psalms to give praise and thanks as well as to seek comfort and solace. Yet for many modern readers the messages in some psalms are not always clear; some are challenging, even obscure.
The commentaries in this companion to the psalms show how each psalm can help with the problems of everyday life. Featuring a cross-referenced index to help you look up specific feelings and situations – from love and grief to happiness and depression – Healing Psalms illuminates the meaning in each psalm and shows how these “dialogues with God” offer support and healing, whether you’re seeking deliverance from suffering, expressing love, giving praise for good fortune, or commemorating a special occasion.
Whereas other books of the Bible portray God speaking to people, the psalms were written by real people speaking to God. They wrote from the heart, reflecting their joy and sorrow, pride and shame, love and hate. They tell of sleepless nights, of everyday struggles, of birth and death. Intended for readers of any faith or spiritual tradition, Healing Psalms will guide and inspire you through life’s many obstacles and celebrations and bring you into closer fellowship with God.
Joshua O. Haberman escaped from his native Vienna after the Nazi occupation and earned his doctorate in modern religious philosophy at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati. He has preached at the White House, co-officiated with Billy Graham at the National Memorial Service 9/11, and was senior rabbi at the Washington Hebrew Congregation. Healing Psalms is his third book.