Finding Yourself in the Psalms
When Going Through Difficulty
Peter Gomes, longtime minister of Harvard Memorial Church, once advised a woman about to undergo cancer surgery to read the Psalms straight through. He wanted her to immerse herself, to hear its unfamiliar but powerful images. She did as he suggested and when he asked how it went, she replied that she'd had no idea the psalmist knew who she was, her exact circumstance, what she needed and when. “When he rejoiced so did I,” she said, “and when he howled and cried out, I did too.” Gomes concludes that no one can read the Psalms without the sense of the psalmist’s insight into the depth and breadth of human experience.