In one of his most enlightening works, C. S. Lewis shares his ruminations on both the form and the meaning of selected psalms. In the introduction he explains, “I write for the unlearned about things in which I am unlearned myself.” Consequently, he takes on a tone of thoughtful collegiality as he writes on one of the Bible’s most elusive books.
Characteristically graceful and lucid, Lewis cautions us that the psalms were originally written as songs that should now be read in the spirit of lyric poetry rather than as doctrinal treatises or sermons. Drawing from daily life as well as the literary world, Lewis begins to reveal the mystery that often shrouds the psalms.
Honest, thoughtful, and helpful insights from C.S. Lewis
Lewis' commentary on the Psalms does not read like most other Bible commentaries. It is written by a lay person (albeit a most gifted layman) for the lay person. Lewis' biographers record that he attended chapel daily during his many years of teaching at Oxford, and thus, made his way through the Psalter over and over again. In this fashion, he became thoroughly familiar with the Psalms.
Lewis approached the Psalms in his characteristically honest and straightforward manner, unafraid of asking the difficult questions and making his best attempt to answer them. The reader (or listener in this case) can tell that he spent many years working to understand the Psalm writers and the meanings of their writings.
Whether you are approaching the Psalms for the first time or looking for a fresh perspective on them, you will not be disappointed.
(The narrator is not C.S. Lewis himself, but this is a fine recording. If you are looking for a book narrated by Lewis, I recommend The Four Loves, which is also available through iTunes.)
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