By Miriam Dunson

Having chanced on a robust correlation among subject matters within the psalms and the non-public and non secular matters that older adults care for daily, Miriam Dunson selects ten of the best-known psalms for in-depth experiences exploring problems with specific challenge to older humans. She opens avenues for research and mirrored image via together with in every one bankruptcy a dialogue of the psalm's historical past, its which means, and the way it pertains to the lives of older folks.

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The psalm speaks both to the insignificance of human beings and, at the same time, of the high value and trust that God places in human life and participation in the created world.  Can they also lay claim to the self­worth described in the psalm?  Use of the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) is suggested because of its more inclusive rendition of the text. Page 30 What Does The Psalm Say? Psalm 8 O LORD, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.

4 (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1996), 711.  It was published in a Seattle newspaper some years later, perhaps as many as thirty years later. However, it has been used throughout the years and accepted as coming from Chief Seattle by Native American groups who say it represents Native American beliefs both then and now. , 1996), 8.  New Interpreter's Bible, 4:711.  Rhodes, Psalms, The Layman's Bible Commentary (Atlanta: John Knox Press, 1960), 35.  Walter Brueggemann, The Message of the Psalms: A Theological Commentary, Old Testament Studies (Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1984), 37.

In verses 4–6, what is the message of the psalmist to the readers?  In verses 7–9, what is the main emotion shown, and why?  Discuss what the group believes to be the message the psalmist is trying to communicate.  How would you describe a "theology of anger"?  Is it: "theologically correct" to pray for revenge against those who have caused you pain?  What does the psalmist fear?  What are the theological implications of the psalmist wishing all manner of horrible things for those who caused the losses?

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