Psummer Psalms are now in full swing! For those who may be new to the faith, and might be wondering if we’re just misspelling “summer.” We have been teaching from the book of Psalms over the last few weeks. As part of God’s Word, the Psalms are written to be studied, understood, and applied, and the book of Psalms lends itself most directly to application.
We understand the Psalms best when we "stand under" them and allow them to flow over us like a rain shower.
We may turn to Psalms looking for someTHING, but sooner or later we will meet someONE.
As we read and memorize the Psalms, we’ll gradually discover how much they are already part of us.
They put into words our deepest hurts, longings, thoughts, and prayers; they gently push us toward being what God designed us to be—people loving and living for Him!
When you're looking for a specific Psalm...
to find comfort Psalm 23
to meet God intimately Psalm 103
to learn a new prayer Psalm 136
to learn a new song Psalm 92
to learn more about God Psalm 24
to understand yourself more clearly Psalm 8
to know how to come to God each day Psalm 5
to be forgiven for your sins Psalm 51
to feel worthwhile Psalm 139
to understand why you should read the Bible Psalm 119
to give praise to God Psalm 145
to know that God is in control Psalm 146
to give thanks to God Psalm 136
to please God Psalm 15
to know why you should worship God Psalm 104
As part of God’s Word, and the largest single book in the Bible, here are a few helpful and interesting snippets about the Psalms:
Brief Summary: The Book of Psalms is a collection of prayers, poems, and hymns that focus the worshiper's thoughts on God in praise and adoration. Parts of this book were used as a hymnal in the worship services of ancient Israel. The musical heritage of the psalms is demonstrated by its title. The word “psalm” comes from a Greek word which means "a song sung to the accompaniment of a musical instrument."
Purpose of Writing: The Book of Psalms is the longest book in the Bible, with 150 individual psalms. It is also one of the most diverse, since the psalms deal with such subjects as God and His creation, war, worship, wisdom, sin and evil, judgment, justice, and the coming of the Messiah.
Author: The Psalms have numerous authors, King David is listed as author in 73 instances. King Solomon is attributed as the author of Ps 72 & Ps 127. Psalm 90 is a prayer assigned to Moses. Another group of 12 psalms (Ps 50) and (Ps 73—83) is ascribed to the family of Asaph. The sons of Korah wrote 11 psalms (Ps 42, Ps 44-49, Ps 84-85, Ps 87-88). Psalm 88 is attributed to Heman, while (Ps 89) is assigned to Ethan the Ezrahite. With the exception of Solomon and Moses, all these additional authors were priests or Levites who were responsible for providing music for sanctuary worship during David's reign. Fifty of the psalms designate no specific person as author.
Date of Writing: The 150 individual psalms were written by numerous people across a millennium of Israel's history. The oldest psalm is probably the prayer of Moses (Ps 90). The latest psalm is probably (Ps 137), a song of lament clearly written during the days when the Hebrews were being held captive by the Babylonians, during the 6th century B.C. They were likely compiled shortly after the captivity ended about 537 B.C.
Practical Application: One of the results of being filled with the Spirit or the word of Christ is singing. The psalms are the “songbook” of the early church that reflected the new truth in Christ.
God is the same Lord in all the psalms. But we respond to Him in different ways, according to the specific circumstances of our lives. What a marvelous God we worship, the psalmist declares, One who is high and lifted up beyond our human experiences but also one who is close enough to touch and who walks beside us along life's way.
We can bring all our feelings to God—no matter how negative or complaining they may be—and we can rest assured that He will hear and understand. The psalmist teaches us that the most profound prayer of all is a cry for help as we find ourselves overwhelmed by the problems of life.
That’s our Bible survey for today! I hope you learned something and we pray that you will begin to encounter God in a deeper way through the Psalms!
- Pastor Marty Walker