The book of Psalms is perhaps the most frequently used book of the Old Testament. We read the psalms in public worship and private devotion. We sing them, pray them, and contemplate their application to our lives. In the psalms we encounter God, others, and ourselves in life's joys and sorrows, tragedies and triumphs. The psalms capture our imaginations, engage our thoughts, stir our emotions, and move our wills. They also present interpretive challenges. Their poetic form has few if any points of contact with English poetry. Their images come from a world quite different than our own. Their ethics at times seem to go against the grain of the teachings in the New Testament. How to interpret the psalms so as to use them effectively in our own lives and in the lives of others is the focus of this volume.