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The Pslams are the Prayers of Jesus

by on February 15, 2011

Here is the conclusion of Bruce Waltke’s excellent article A Canonical Process Approach to the Psalms in Tradition and Testament (ed John Feinberg)

We conclude, then, that the Psalms are ultimately the prayers of Jesus Christ, Son of God.  He is alone is worthy to pray the ideal vision of a king suffering for righteousness and emerging victorious over the hosts of evil.  As the corporate head of the church, he represents the believers in these prayers.  Moreover, Christians, as sons of God and as royal priests, can rightly pray these prayers along with their representative Head.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer also reached the conclusion that Jesus Christ is the one praying the psalter. “The Psalter,” he wrote, “is the prayer book of Jesus Christ in the truest sense of the word.”

(HT: PS)


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