A Heaping up of Individual Requests

… asking for something, occurs only peripherally in the Psalms, if at all.  Almost always petitions of the Psalms are concerned with deliverance from acute trouble.  We never meet what is so common and entirely natural in our modern prayers: a heaping up of individual requests.

Claus Westermann, Psalms (Chapter 1, “The Community Psalm of Lament”)

Related – Check out some of my other Psalms posts from this week:

Psalm 1 – Translation Comparison

Psalm 103 & Prosperity Thought

Psalm 98 & Assonance

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