I recently read through the Psalms and was blown away. A few thoughts struck me. The Psalter includes every range of emotion imaginable: grief, joy, angst, triumph, etc. The songs were more historic, specific, and interactive than any other worship songs I am familiar with. God's people sang prayers for specific deliverance from specific enemies, and they praised God for historic acts of intervention. It seems to me that the Psalter has fewer songs about the general traits of God than we do. Also, they include liberal use of the first person. The Psalms are perfect, and their poetry is stunningly beautiful. I'd love to hear all 150 Psalms set to music. On that note, I'll close with a Psalm that my friend Eric Priest used in his awesome album Psalms and Hymns. Psalm 46:10-11:
Be Still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!
The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our fortress.