Psalms

Psalms

How to Respond to Hatred – Psalm 4

Background David wrote this Psalm. Some scholars believe Psalm 3 was written in the morning as David escaped Absalom, and that Psalm 4 was written that evening. This is why the Psalm is sometimes called “An Evening Psalm.” It appears to be written before David goes to sleep, and the content is very similar to Psalm 3. The song was written for the head of the temple choir. It was written to be sung by the musical accompaniment of stringed…

“Our Confidence in God while being Attacked” – Psalm 3:1-8

Last week we looked at the background to Psalm 3; this week we will be looking at the actual text. Psalm 3 is a four verse hymn in Hebrew. Stanza 1 (3:1-2) Betrayal and enmity David has been betrayed by his son and every moment more and more people turn against him. Jesus experienced the same thing. Not only did Judas betray Him, but all the adoring crowds that shouted praises at His entry to Jerusalem turned and shouted for…

The Background of Psalm 3

Psalm 3 was written when David fled from Absalom. In order to better understand the Psalm we will be looking at David fleeing for his life and all that took place at that time. Background David’s adultery had very far reaching effects beyond the death of his newborn child. This threw his whole family into turmoil. David’s son Ammon rapes David’s daughter Tamar. David’s other son Absalom kills Ammon for the rape. David eventually allows Absalom back in the nation…

“God’s Messiah Rules” – Psalm 2:7-12

Last week we looked at man’s sinfulness and God’s response. We left off with God’s response of sending His anointed King, the Messiah. Nature of the Messiah We see here that the Messiah is not just a King. He is also God’s Son. Here we have confirmation of many Christian doctrines. This passage shows us the Trinity and the deity of Christ among others. God’s Decree A king would give his son a portion of his kingdom to rule. Here…

“Unconverted Man’s Hatred of God” – Psalm 2:1-6

Background Psalm 2 is a coronation song for King David. It is a four verse hymn. It is abundantly clear that the Holy Spirit moves the author to sing about far greater truths than David’s coronation. Psalm 2 is a prophetic song about a far greater King, the Messiah, the Son of God. Man’s rebellion against God In the first stanza of the Psalm (verses 1-3), man’s hatred and rebellion against God is clearly spelled out. Men are raging against…

“Blessings on the Righteous” – Psalm 1:1-6

Psalm 1 contrasts the righteous man with the wicked. It is a great song for teaching others and reminding us of God’s blessings on the righteous and judgment on the wicked. Blessed The song begins with a singular exclamation: blessed. The word here means happy, joyful, at peace; it signifies the blessings of God poured out. The next phrase shows us who is blessed: the righteous man. This individual is described negatively and positively. Negative There is a progression here…

Why Study the Psalms – Colossians 3:16

Main thoughts: We are going to begin a study of the first book of Psalms (Psalms 1-41.) Introduction to Psalms In Hebrew the title is the “Book of Praises.” The English title “Psalms” comes from the Greek Septuagint title. A psalm is simply a religious tune usually set to musical accompaniment. The book of Psalms has numerous authors, but every chapter is a different song for the people of God. It really is God’s hymnbook. These are the songs that…