What is the function of psalms? How do the different types of psalms achieve this?
Psalms "poetry" served the peopel of God as they dealt with many issues of life. Psalms help focus both the mind and the emotions on God. With Laments, people would express their hurt, confessions, and trust in God. With Praise Psalms, people would talk about God's greatness and power. Psalms were also a guide to worship.