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Fortunately, the first Book of the Psalms is not all gloom and agony. In the Psalm, the Psalmist calls the reader to stop and look up. Although humbled by the magnitude of creation, God’s majesty sustains his person– each person that is made in his image, dignified over all creatures.
With God’s king introduced at the beginning of the book of Psalms, this sixth Psalm shows many of the characteristics of those collected in the first Book 1 of the Psalter. God’s king is seen to cry out to God for help, for vindication and protection, when surrounded by evil, and evil men.
With God’s king introduced at the beginning of the book of Psalms, this fifth Psalm shows many of the characteristics of those collected in the first Book 1 of the Psalter. This is an intensely personal Psalm— one person crying out to God for help in the face of a crisis. It’s written in the…
The book of Psalms is tied together at significant points by the twin themes of ‘wisdom’ and ‘the king’. The first Psalm was a ‘wisdom’ psalm, pointing out the way of The Blessed. This second Psalm introduces God’s king. He is a king who faces opposition from the rulers of the world. He is a…
The book of Psalms seem to be arranged in some kind of liturgical order— although the exact logic has been lost. There are five divisions or five movements in the collection of 150 Psalms. In this series of daily devotionals, we’re going to immerse ourselves in Book 1— a book in which the Psalmist— very…
In the biblical narrative of 1 and 2 Kings, as we observe the movement from Monarchy to Exile, from blessing to slavery, God’s people decline further and further away from him. King Josiah of Jerusalem offers a rare moment of light in a dark movement in the history of Israel
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