Abba Philimon on praying the Psalms

[A certain brother once asked Abba Philimon:] “Why, father, do you find more joy in the psalms than in any other part of divine scripture? And why, when quietly chanting them, do you say the words as though you were speaking with someone?” And Abba Philimon replied: “My son, God has impressed the power of the psalms on my poor soul as he did on the soul of the prophet David. I cannot be separated from the sweetness of the visions about which they speak: they embrace all scripture.” – “Discourse on Abba Philimon” from the Philokalia

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