Review of “Learning to Love the Psalms” by W Robert Godfrey (Orlando: Reformation Trust, 2017)
The Psalms are commonly known as the Hymnbook of the Bible. Beyond a notebook of praise, it also contains some of the most well known and well-loved prayers in Scripture. However, in modern times many evangelicals —even those who would be counted among the so-called New Calvinists— are simply unfamiliar with this deep treasure trove.
In Learning to Love the Psalms, W Robert Godfrey takes us on a tour through this sometimes foreign land. After a brief introductory chapter, Godfrey begins to unpack representative Psalms to not only teach us how to read the Psalms but indeed how to love the Psalms.
Although I found this book to be a bit superficial for my tastes, I would be remiss not to acknowledge that for its intended audience the book is just right. This is not a book of deep exegetical insight, and nothing in its pages is likely to amaze the reader. However, Godfrey’s own love for the Psalms shines through each chapter.
This is a great book for someone who is looking to dive deeper into the piety of classical Reformed thought, and I can say that in my own devotional time, incorporating the Psalms on a regular basis has enriched my communion with God.
This book would also make a great book for a worship minister or leader in your congregation, or as a small group bible study supplement. Although not directly related, Ligonier also offers a lecture series where Godfrey covers much of the same ground. They are not designed to as a pair, but they function quite nicely as such.