Introduction to this collection of
selected excerpts of Psalms

When seeking comfort, strength and inspiration,
  for thousands of years we've turned to the Book of Psalms.

Ancient words, melodic, powerfully capturing yearnings, hopes, despairs, wrestlings of soul.

These excerpts, with poetic liberties, merge old voices with the spirit of a modern,
  to aid them reach, touch, be a more accessible source of succor.

For our ancestors, who lived close to the earth, allowed their raw voice of spirit to sing.
 Thus, the psalms eternal nature.

These, arranged with emotional-spiritual themes, proffer routes for one to swiftly reach back in time 
   to those who walked those same roads.

So we moderns can drink from ancient wells, cutting through the isolation
  of the places we now walk.

Drink, and may these seasoned voices offer refuge and nourishment.