Psalmists Were Ordinary People

The people who wrote the Psalms were not magical or unnaturally good. They were not special — at least, no more special than you are. They were just people trying to make sense of their world and their own souls, as we try to make sense of ours. So we hear them complaining, rejoicing, wondering at the beauty of the world and at the annoying habits of their neighbors, green with envy and pale with fear, trusting sometimes and doubting others. Don't make them better than they were. You'll miss a lot.

- Barbara Crafton, "To the Reader" in Meditations on the Psalms: For Every Day of the Year (Church Publishing, 2003).