“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” This phrase characterizes what is meant to be the supreme effect of reading the Psalms. The focus of the Psalms is worship through all the events and ups and downs of life. Psalms is comprised of 150 songs that span from Moses to the post-exilic period and they reflect a vast array of human experiences such as joy, sorrow, abandonment, atonement, tears, renewal, refuge, rest, war, peace, fear, failure, hope, enemies, love, lamentation, praise, and judgment.
In short, the book of Psalms is one of the great poetical books of the Old Testament. Interestingly, there are only five Old Testament books that do not seem to have any poetry. They are: Leviticus, Ruth, Ezra, Haggai, and Malachi.
Scott T. Brown is the President of the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches and pastor at Hope Baptist Church in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Scott graduated from California State University in Fullerton with a degree in History and received a Master of Divinity degree from Talbot School of Theology. He gives his time to expository preaching and local pastoral ministry, as well as conferences on Biblical doctrine and church and family reformation. He and his wife Deborah have four grown children. Scott helps people think through the two greatest evangelistic and discipleship institutions God has provided — the church and the family.