Sometimes I think we can really underestimate how much the psalms can teach us about God. We look only to the cross for our picture of God's mercy and love, forgetting that we can see that mercy and love throughout the old testament. The Psalms give us a strong picture of who God is - his love, his justice, his anger, his mercy. They tell of the wondrous way he cares for his creation and plans for the salvation of his people.
The Psalms are also intensely practical - even for life in our modern age. They teach us how to pray to God, to praise him, and to be honest with him. They teach us the value of spreading the good news of his works - all the things he has done throughout history to save us culminating with Jesus on the cross.
Ray Galea has definitely brought me back to the importance of the Psalms and careful reflection of them. Encouraging readers to read through each Psalm twice before reading what Ray has to say about it places the importance of God's words over that of the author and allows time for your own peaceful reflection before being encouraged and taught by Ray.
This will be one of those books I return to every couple of years to get me started into reading the Psalms again. It will also be going on the Christmas list for several friends and family members!