Another outward aspect of the role the Psalms play in spiritual formation is a two-edged sword, quite honestly. This aspect has sparked not a little tension in my parish as I, the musical liturgist, on and off over the last several years, have moved the chanting of the Psalms to a more prominent place in our liturgy. The aspect to which I refer is the role of the Psalms in shaping our language, especially our language about God.
I desire to name here and acknowledge the two sharp edges on either side of this aspect of the Psalms' role in formation. This is a tension that cannot be easily resolved, and I do not intend to try to do so here. Holding such tensions in the context of intentional, vowed community is yet another formative aspect of Benedictine spirituality.