|Hereford Cathedral West Window|
We'd had a Life Group on Monday evening where I was leading the study of the 23rd Psalm. There is so much packed into the Psalms and they are the most quoted book in the Bible. Of course, like all scripture, they have to be read in the light of Christ - St Benedict gives my favourite example when he explains that the otherwise horrible verses in Psalm 137:8-9 refer to dealing with your sins, not killing human babies.
It's really salient that the Psalms are poetry, and the correct response to the variants in translation (eg Darkest Valley/Valley of the shadow of death) is "all of the above". Indeed when one of the group described a parable in the normal way as "an earthly story with a heavenly meaning" I took the liberty of saying that was wrong - it is an earthly story with heavenly meanings.