Psalms of David
By Surgeworks, Inc.
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The Book of Psalms, commonly referred to simply as Psalms, is a book of the Christian Bible. Taken together, its 150 poems "express virtually the full range of Israel's religious faith." Early Catholics employed the Psalms widely in their individual prayers also.
The Psalms have always been an important part of Catholic liturgy. The Liturgy of the Hours is centered on chanting or recitation of the Psalms. New Testament references show that the earliest Christians used the Psalms in worship, and the Psalms have remained an important part of worship in most Christian Churches.
This app includes
* the 150 Psalms categorized by topic through tagging.
* A powerful multi-keyword search engine,
* sortable favorites,
* sharing via eMail, Facebook,
* AirPrint support.
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* Divine Office, audio Liturgy of the Hours
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What's New in Version 1.0.4
* Much Faster Offline Functionality
* Over-The-Air automatic or manual database updates
* Improved Cloud Sync
* Several Bug Fixes
For a person wanting to pray the Psalms, this is a wonderful app. The translation is that of the New American Bible, very readable and prayable (to coin a new word.) You can add various Psalms to your "Favorites" list for quick reference. The app has many "Tags" referring to different themes of prayer, be they Adoration, Thanksgiving, Petition, or help with anxiety, weakness (or sinfulness), etc. This app has helped me in making the Psalms a wonderful form of prayer.
At times I cannot open the Tags folder. Please correct this problem.
Note for the Editors: I discovered why I couldn't open the Tags folder. I was in portrait mode. And here is a a suggestion for an update: When I open the Psalms of David, it only opens in the portrait mode. I have to turn my iPad to portrait and then to landscape to get the desired appearance.
I still love this app and use it daily.
Great app, easy to use
I really like this app. It's helpful for me to have just the Psalms downloaded for offline reading for prayer and study. It's not my favorite translation, but I like reading different translations for comparison. I don't use the social functions. They seem sort of superfluous. I'd rather have the ability to add my own prayers or notes to the app. And maybe an additional translation would be a nice touch, like Grail or NIV or NRSV.
A good resource but with a couple minor flaws...
This is a good little app focused on the Psalms only. It is built for prayer but has the power to link similar psalms together. It does what it does very well. It presents one psalm at time. The interface is clean and elegant that allows you to focus on praying the psalm.
(At first, it will probably take you a quick moment to figure out what some of the cryptic symbols mean in the tool bar. They make sense afterwards.)
I could not find which Bible translation this app uses. It appears to be the NAB. (Other translations would have been a pleasant bonus but not a deal-breaker for me.)
I like the tags. They are very useful and extensive; you could find nearly anything contained within the psalms. The tags are listed by frequency; it would have been nice to see them listed alphabetical too.
The "related button" is one of the most powerful features. It gives a list of similar psalms and allows you to quickly jump to them and return easily.
(Not exactly sure on the usefulness of the "AZ" listing. It appears to be alphabetic by title, but the persistent "P" at the top is confusing.)
My major complaint is the formatting of the psalms. The font is fine, and the size is easy to adjust. The problem is that each line is a verse. This causes the beauty and flow of their poetry, their parallelisms, the structure within the psalm, to be lost. (This is why I rated 4 stars and not a 5.)
Suggestions for a possible update would be to show other groupings for the psalms, i.e. by the five books, todah/thanksgiving psalms, hallel psalms, lament and praise psalms, etc. I know search will find some of these but a separate list would be a nice feature. Search could be beefed up a bit. For example, which psalm mentions a deer, or was it a stag, a hart, or a hind?
Overall, it is a good little app for focusing on the psalms and making new connections. It does not include everything about the psalms, but it does what it does well.
- Category: Reference
- Updated: Jun 28, 2012
- Version: 1.0.4
- Size: 8.7 MB
- Languages: English, German
- Seller: Surgeworks, Inc.
- © Surgeworks, Inc.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.