By C. S. Lewis

“We satisfaction to compliment what we take pleasure in as the compliment now not basically expresses yet completes the joy; it truly is its appointed consummation.”

The Psalms have been written as songs; we should always learn them as poetry, within the spirit of lyric, now not as sermons or directions. yet also they are shrouded in secret, and during this cautious studying from one among our so much depended on fellow tourists, C.S. Lewis is helping us start to demonstrate their that means in our day-by-day lives and on the planet. Reflecting back and anew on those liked passages, we will locate either pleasure and trouble, but additionally, continually, actual enlightenment and moments of transcendent grace.

"This ebook won't inform the reader all he want to find out about the Psalms, however it will inform him lots he'll in contrast to to grasp approximately himself." —Times Literary Supplement

"[Lewis] . . . monitors during this quantity an analogous willing perception and talented tongue that experience made him some of the most hugely revered essayists utilizing the English language." —Chicago Sunday Tribune

"Full of illuminating observations." —New York Times

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A n d o f course m a n y d id “ fall o f f” . B u t th e aston­ ish in g th in g is th at the religion is n o t destroyed. I n its best representatives it grows p u rer, stronger, an d m ore p rofoun d . I t is bein g, b y this terrible discipline, directed m ore an d m ore to its real centre. T h a t w ill be the subject o f the n ext chapter. ” So far— I couldn’ t help it— this book has been w hat the old w om an in S cott described as “ a cau ld clatter o’ m o ra lity ” . A t last w e can turn to b etter things.

It is the b o d y, even the dead body w hich is the m an him self; the ghost is on ly a sort o f reflection or echo. (T h e grim im pulse sometimes has crossed m y m ind to w on d er w hether all this w as, is, in fact true ; that the m erely n atural fate o f hum an ity, the fate o f unredeem ed h um an ity, is ju st this— to disintegrate in soul as in b o d y, to be a witless psychic sedim ent. ) S u ch a conception, vague an d m arginal even in Paganism , becomes m ore so in Judaism . Sheol is even dim m er, further in the background, than H ades.

B u t ca n w e, besides learning from these terrible Psalm s also use them in our devotional life? I be­ lieve we ca n ; b u t th at topic must be reserved for a later chapter. 33 iv D eath in th e Psalm s A ccordin g to m y policy o f taking first w hat is most unattractive, I should now proceed to the selfrighteousness in m an y o f the Psalms. But we can­ n ot deal w ith that properly until some other matters h a ve been noticed. I turn first to a very different subject. O u r ancestors seem to have read the Psalms and the rest o f the O ld Testam ent under the impression th at the authors wrote w ith a pretty full under­ standing o f Christian T h eology ; the m ain difference being that the Incarnation, w hich for us is some­ th in g recorded, w as for them som ething predicted.

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