Do the Psalms and proverbs have a place in the Christian church of the 21st Century?
This is an excellent question. Yes, I believe the book of Psalms and Proverbs absolutely has a place in today's church. Consider the literary form and the words of wisdom from books that were written well over 1500 years ago to how it applies to ones life Today. Verses such as one of the most well know verses Psalm 23:
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. Ps 23:1-4
God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Ps 46:1
To know that He is our Shepherd, our Shield, our strength in dealing with issues, is a reality that no man can create on his own.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength
of my heart and my portion forever. Ps 73:26
Similarly in the book of Proverbs, which are more truths of wisdom. See how they apply to our every day lives.
A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel. Prov. 15:18
A man's wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense. Prov. 19:11
Verses such as these can certainly give one hope and comfort when dealing with issues in our lives and realizing that our own efforts fall short of lasting solutions. Read the Psalms every day. Even if it's only a verse or two and see if your understanding of God's love and wisdom isn't in fact the only thing we can rely on.
This same question also applies to the rest of the Bible. It amazes me how many people believe that the scriptures were written for an earlier time and people. That could not be farther from the truth. God’s word is an everlasting word. A soul convicting word that rightfully causes us to evaluate our lives. It gives us council on truths that no one on this earth, past present or future can out do. I believe one of the reasons for this is that there are several scriptures that make us feel uncomfortable because it tells us how we react to things or how we live our lives, or what we believe is wrong. At the end of the day, it is these truths that we will be judged upon regardless of what we believe.