Ran across this today. Often the most basic aspects of our faith are overlooked and severely undervalued. The Psalms are no exception; they have a very definite purpose, albeit a subtle one, and St. Basil brings this forward beautifully. A psalm implies serenity of soul; it is the author of peace, which calms bewildering and seething thoughts. For, it softens the wrath of the
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving; and pray for us also, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison, that I may make it clear, as I ought to speak. Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer every one.
“Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand fast therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”