Athanasius on Praying the Psalms

“The Book of Psalms teaches us the emotions of the soul,…it teaches us not only to disregard [runaway] passions, but also how one must heal passion through speaking and acting.”

“The whole of human existence, both the dispositions of the soul and the movements of the thoughts, have been measured out and encompassed in those very words of the Psalter.” Athanasius, 4th cent. Letter to Marcellinus