You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.
Cries from the heart.
Here at the very center of the Bible are songs of praise, worship,thankfulness and repentance. They are rising up like a sweet fragrance to the heavens . They capture the innermost thoughts and prayers of old testament people- and they still speak to us directly to our needs. For every emotion and mood, you can find a psalm to match. The psalms wrestle with the deepest sorrow and ask god the hardest questions about suffering and injustice. their voice is refreshingly spontaneous. they do not tip flowery compliments toward God- they cry out to him, or shout for joy before him.
In almost every psalm you find the presence of God as an active Strong and loving ruler- a God who makes a difference in life.