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“Because the psalms were written by humans and humans are a messy, contradictory lot. They grow up very slowly. The reason these psalms still speak to us is because the writers showed us ourselves as we are and yet put it in a larger container. They’re reporting to God what’s going on inside them at the moment. They rage and lament and give thanks and praise for their good fortunes and curse their enemies some more and blame God for abandoning them, but they also write down God’s voice telling them things they need to know, telling them that they are loved and special. It’s a mixed bag, but the point is it’s all in a bag, bigger than they are, called God.”

~ Gail Godwin, from Evensong