The Linnet's Wings :Take All My Loves, My Love - Page 37

The Linnet´s Wings by Stephen Zelnick To insist that Psalm 137 is not vengeful is to forget Zion and its sufferings. When we are done with holocausts, we can afford to mistake the ferocity of Psalm 137 for something sweeter. The Book of Psalms includes 150 poems written from the 10 th C. to the 5 th C. BCE. Although Psalms is attributed to King David, scholars doubt he penned more than a few, if any. For Jews, Christians, and Muslims, these poems address a range of experience -- triumphs and calamities – pursuing God’s perfection. We expect hymns celebrating God’s grandeur, praise on parade, and some do. However, Psalms also explores our wavering faith, anger, vanity, even despair. Like Shakespeare’s Sonnets, the psalms voice events of heart and mind. They are rhythmic, sonorous, with memorable language. Less obvious, many enact urgent dramas. As with much of the Bible, the psalms are so revered, that few imagine them related to our lives. Clever modern people toss the bible aside, preferring testimonies documented by science and hard objects – that choice has not made us kinder and more self-aware, 37