The Psalms and Their Meaning for Today

By Samuel Terrien | Go to book overview
Save to active project

3
PENITENTIAL PRAYERS

THE word "sin" is widely misunderstood in our time. Some apply it only to obvious breaches of the criminal codes, and therefore exclude it glibly from their personal vocabulary. Others vaguely connect it with sex, and thereby miss its all-inclusive implications. Theologians, however, have begun to rediscover the classical expressions of the Christian faith, including the Biblical sense of unrighteousness. Even a secular columnist writing in the New York Times made the following comments:

"Sin seems to have gone out of fashion as a subject of general conversation and even of pulpit discourse. Only old-style divines mention it any more, and in the field of community welfare the word is hardly known. The last public reference to it that we can recall offhand was President Coolidge's remark that his minister had preached on sin and was against it. In these new times sin is known by nicer names, such as delinquency, impropriety, indecorum, indiscretion, irregularity, laxity, and moral turpitude. A leading Methodist ecclesiastic has called for a revival of attention to sin. And high time, say we."

This is one of the reasons for which the penitential prayers of the Psalter bear an unusual significance for today. A few psalmists were not content with the condemnation of evil men who persecuted them. They searched their own souls, and by confessing before their God the crimes they had committed or by discovering an ele

-166-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
The Psalms and Their Meaning for Today
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 282

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?