The book of Psalms is a unique book of praise because God is its author. It encompasses the entire sweep of redemptive history, albeit from the standpoint of anticipating its fulfilment. It embraces almost every conceivable circumstance of life with songs that not only speak to us, but for us. But what should guide us in our efforts to understand and teach them? As with other books of the Bible, there are many valid ‘keys’ that help us; but one is vital: Christ. Christopher Ash, in keeping with a respected line of Bible teachers through the ages, shows how to use this key. He shows Christ to be the Singer of the Psalms and the One in whom we make them our very own.
Mark Johnston, Minister, Bethel Presbyterian Church, Cardiff, Wales
Christopher Ash is one of my favourite interpreters of the Old Testament, and this new volume in his series on the psalms only deepens my appreciation for him. Ash carefully but convincingly positions Jesus Christ at the centre of the psalms as their main (but not only) subject, showing how each ancient psalm witnesses forward to the sufferings and vindication of that greater Davidic King, and how modern Christ–followers can pray them as we live under his reign.