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INTRODUCTION TO THE PSALMS (PART 2)

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Now David himself says in the book of Psalms”, Jesus (Luke 20:42a, NKJV).

In  the last post we explored the beginning of the Book of Psalms, today we conclude our study by reviewing some of the events that led to the writting of some Psalms.

We also need to understand the characteristics of Hebrew poetry

  1. Religious lyric poetry expressing emotions
  2. Evocative language with word pictures
  3. Meter, but attempts to express Hebrew meter are unconvincing
  4. Poetic parallelism: a. Synonymous parallelism (Psalm 105:23), b. Antithetical (Psalm 90:6), c. Incomplete (Psalm 21:10), and d. Climactic (Psalm 29:1-2)
  5. Acrostic psalms are 119, 9-10, 25, 34, 37, 111-112, and 145
  6. Music and melody by cymbals, tambourines, wind and stringed instruments

Source: New Bible Commentary, Old Testament, pages 770-783

Psalm

Event

Reference

59

When Saul sent men to watch David’s house

1 Samuel 19:1

56

Philistines seize David at Gath

1 Samuel 21:10-19

34

David changed behavior before Ahimelech

1 Samuel 21:10-22:22

52

Doeg tells Saul that David is with Ahimelech

1 Samuel 22:19

54

Ziphites tell Saul David is among us

1 Samuel 23: 15-23

57

David flees from Saul in a cave

1 Samuel 22: 1-2

60

When David struggled with Aram-naharaim  and with Aram-zobah, and Joab returned and smote twelve thousand of Edom in the Valley of Salt

2 Samuel 8;

1 Chronicles 18

18

God rescues David From Saul and his enemies

2 Samuel 22

51

Nathan rebukes David after he had gone into Bathsheba

2 Samuel 11-12

 3

David flees from his son Absalom

2 Samuel 15:18

63

When David was in the wilderness of Judah

2 Samuel 15:23

30

David at the dedication of the temple

1 Chronicles 21:1;22:1

Hebrew poets from many times,

Words and music from them chimes.

David and friends join the chorus

In God’s Word written for us. 

The book of Psalms instructs in the use of wings as well as words. C. H. Spurgeon

QUESTIONS

Give examples of Figures of Speech in the Psalms.

How does knowledge of biblical history make the study of Psalms more meaningful?

What sources have you found useful in the study of the Psalms?