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Trade Paperback
144 pages
Sep 1991
P&R Publishing

War Psalms of the Prince of Peace

by James E. Adams

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Thank you, James E. Adams, even though I had never heard of you before. I found your book by chance. By chance? No way! The Lord slipped War Psalms of the Prince of Peace into my hand, and then into my heart. Yes, of course I agree with Paul that all of Scripture is God-breathed and useful, but up until I read War Psalms, I steered clear of those difficult Imprecatory Psalms. You know the kind: the ones that tend to say things like, “Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow” (Ps. 109:8-9). Or, “Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones” (Ps. 137:9). And then along comes War Psalms and, bingo-why-hadn’t-I-thought-of it before, those Psalms became wonderful messages from my Lord.

This is one of those simply presented books which takes you easily into the deep things of God. Missionary, pastor, theology professor, and author, James Adams does not present some new and fancy thought. Just browse through the bibliography at the end of War Psalms and you will realize that the ideas Adams presents have been part of Christian thought from earliest church history.

The study starts with a look at the puzzles these particular Psalms present, searches for where they come from and who actually is praying them, sees our Lord as the instigator, looks at how they are quoted plentifully in the New Testament, and considers how we can use, pray, and preach these Psalms. Each chapter ends with questions for group study or individual thought. Several appendices add more information: our duty towards our enemies, sermon summaries, index to the Imprecatory Psalms, and New Testament references. Adams states about the Imprecatory Psalms, “All the enemies of the Lord need to hear these prayers of Christ proclaimed today. They are not the prayers of a careless and compassionless tyrant, but the effectual prayers of the Lamb of God who bore the curse of God for the sins of all who bow their knee to Him” (p. 34).

I invite you to a blessing. Open your Bible to the Psalms and read them cooperatively with James Adams’ War Psalms of The Prince of Peace. – Donna Eggett, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

Adams explains the purpose of these difficult psalms and teaches how to proclaim God's truth from them. In these psalms, it is God who is at war with his enemies.