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Forward: Psalms

June 4, 2009

This is my most extensive and consistent reading of The Psalms since my college days 45 years ago. I have read The Psalms several times since but never in this depth for understanding. Upon finishing these comments on The Psalms, several things or themes come to mind. They are:

  1. Good and evil, righteousness and wickedness are frequently contrasted.
  2. David’s rule was filled with ups and downs more so then the historical perspective recorded in II Samuel.
  3. The Pentateuch, particularly Exodus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, played an important role in illustrating the importance of obeying God.
  4. The Psalms teach us much about God’s character.
  5. The people who wrote the psalms were just as impatient as we are to receive God’s answers to their prayers.
  6. These writers had a great and steadfast faith in the faithfulness of God to answer their cries for help and to redeem them as a nation and as individuals.
  7. The Psalms are very practical in teaching us what to do, when to do it, how to do it, and why we should do it. “It” being to praise God and thank Him for His loving-kindness and protection toward those who trust Him.
  8. Many of the psalms are prophetic.
  9. The Psalms teach us by example showing us how to approach God, how to seek God, and how to show our devotion to God. They illustrate true worship.
  10. God is approachable regardless of your attitude or state of mind. His only requirement is that we be humble and acknowledge His sovereignty as God.
  11. All creation is to praise God. WE ARE TO PRAISE GOD! We are to praise God every day.

My comments are more or less “thoughts”. They are not extensive or scholarly. They simply represent what God was saying to me at the time of writing. They are unedited so I must apologize for errors in spelling and grammar. My whole intention in writing these thoughts down is make one aware of the richness, satisfaction, and hope we believers possess in both good and bad times and the importance of praising God, the Creator God, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, our Savior and Redeemer every day of our lives.

I would like to recommend two books for a more in depth study of the Psalms.  The first is Studies on the Psalms by H. A. Ironside.  The second is Exposition of the Psalms by H. C. Leupold covering all 150 Psalms in great detail, an exceptional work.

May God bless you as you read His Word and take it to heart; believing it, obeying it, depending on it, and trusting it. God is faithful and keeps His Promises. Amen!




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