Psalms in an age of reason

The thoughts and the emotions of the modern world are led by reason.  We expect evidence for all things.  We base our lives on facts, not emotions.  We are constantly taught that our thoughts come first, then our emotions follow.

In likewise manner, the concept of time in the modern world is very linear in terms of existence.  What existed in the past no longer exists.  What will exist in the future, does not exist now.  We live in the here and now. All that matters is what exists at this moment.

This is why the book of Psalms has become one of the least read sections of the Bible.  The raw emotion seems so out of place in the modern world.   We look for reason, but we get emotion. We see a mysterious world where past, present, and future all co-exist.  We see a world where God exists in one place, as well as everywhere. We get confused, and we push the Psalms into a world of long ago.

The Psalms show raw emotion in a world where time and space intertwine in mysterious ways that we do not understand.  We experience anger, hurt, grief, and joy.  We see a mysterious Triune God of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  We see the Son in the past, the present, and the future.  We see a kingdom that crosses time and space. We see a book for artists, not for those who use logic and reason.

This is a mystery, too deep to understand, but available for us to experience.


About Allen Krell

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