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For the Psalms
The Psalms are one of the great literary treasures of history.
For a historian these works constitute a treasure trove of information concerning Hebrew history, culture, and most of all language.
Many of the writers of the Psalms had an absolute masterful command of the language they employed.
And to study the Psalms simply for the academic benefit, many would not be disappointed.
The Psalms are one of the great literary treasures of history.
For a historian these works constitute a treasure trove of information concerning Hebrew history, culture, and most of all language.
Many of the writers of the Psalms had an absolute masterful command of the language they employed.
And to study the Psalms simply for the academic benefit, many would not be disappointed.
However for the Jew, the Psalms contain the words of David, Solomon, Moses, Asaph, the Korahites, and other important men from their history.
The Psalms are some of the most personal and spiritually acute writings that a Jew accesses.
Finally, for a Christian, the Psalms provide a deep well of soul sustaining worship text that can be drawn from regularly.
Athanasius wrote a letter to a friend who was sick, who was reading the Psalms.
“before He came among us, He sketched the likeness of this perfect life for us in words, in this same book of Psalms; in order that, just as He revealed Himself in flesh to be the perfect, heavenly Man, so in the Psalms also men of good-will might see the pattern life portrayed, and find therein the healing and correction of their own.
“ -THE LETTER OF ATHANASIUS,
CHURCH FATHER,
ARCHBISHOP OF ALEXANDRIA,
TO MARCELLINUS
ON THE INTERPRETATION OF THE PSALMS
In the Psalms we find the life of Christ.
And we discover Christ hidden in the pages of the Psalms.
Christ existed in eternity past and eternity future before and after the life of David.
David and the other Psalmists spent time with Jesus, through faith.
The faith of the Psalmists is seen in technicolor as we read the Psalms.
Through the inspiration of the Spirit of Christ these men penned a vast array of soul food.
Think about the incredible eternal ministry that these men engaged in when they first wrote these words down.
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Anything else these men could have written would likely have not survived past their generation, but when they penned the Psalms, it’s as if they were drawing an eternal ink from the side of Christ.
An ink drawn from heaven that lasts forever.
Words that transcend time and sorrow, right to the heart of men and women, forever.
And so we do find Christ in the Psalms, and we find the Psalms in Christ.
Jesus would have learned the Psalms as a little boy, and would have grown up singing and reciting them in the synagogue.
When he was a man, and he began his ministry, Jesus recited the Psalms more than any other old Testament book.
He was asked for a sign to show who He is (, )the Jews wanted to stone Him for claiming to be God.
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He called Himself the chief cornerstone (, , , ). countering the Pharisees on several occasions (, , , , , , ). foretelling Jerusalem’s destruction (; , ). talking about his betrayal (, ).
telling that He would be hated without cause (, , ).
Pilate asked if He is the son of God (, , ). dying on the cross: (; , ). committing his spirit to His Father (, ).
speaking about those who try to work their way into the Kingdom (, ).
speaking of the hate the world has for Him (; , ) speaking of the sorrow of His soul (,, , , ) speaking of Man’s reward for his works (, ) speaking of the manna God gave to their forefathers (, ) telling about the time they will see Him again (, )
Jesus summarized this for his disciples after he had risen from the dead by showing them his hands and his feet.
We find Jesus praying the Psalms, and so we find that these prayers can be adopted for the life of the believer?
“You cannot know the inner life of the Lord Jesus without being profoundly familiar with the Psalms.”
-Sinclair Ferguson
To bring that down to an immediate example, imagine if your spouse had an all time favorite movie.
It’s a well known movie, and it’s really shaped who they are they love it so much.
They watch it at least once a month and they are constantly quoting the lines from it.
But you don’t know the lines because you haven’t seen the movie!
This huge part of your spouses humor, cultural references, and worldview are all shaped by this movie, but you have not seen the value in watching it.
How sad that would be to not share that with your husband or wife!
How much more sad to never trace the lines of the Psalms with your finger and worship our God while you do so...
What does this look like for the church?
What does it look like when the church becomes profoundly familiar with the inner life of the Lord Jesus Christ?
A symphony of saints saved from sin singing spiritual songs
Could that be Desert Son?
Could our worship and praise be an outpouring and extension of our faith through the Spirit?
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Lots of ways people in the Bible spoke to God:
Petition  Query  Response Praise Complaint  Confession  Intercession  Thanksgiving  Blessing  Affirmation  Repentance  Imprecation  Oath Lament  Curse  Consecration 
Types of Psalms: Praise, Lament, Thanksgiving, Trust , Hymn, Wisdom, Royal
is a Psalm of Thanksgiving, one of 8.
These Psalms are a joyful expression of praise and thanks towards God, typically in response to a request made that God has answered.
A Psalm of thanksgiving is a Psalm that gives very intentional thought towards something that God has done, and less like “count your blessings” and more like “try and quantify how good God is.”
is a Chiasm.
49 of the Psalms are.
“A chiasm (also called a chiasmus) is a literary device in which a sequence of ideas is presented and then repeated in reverse order.”
Thought A, Thought B, Thought B, Thought A
ABBA? Maybe think Dancing Queen to remember how this works.
Of course there can be more than 2 thoughts that are being taught and then retaught in reverse order.
Chiasm’s are all over Scripture
Luckily for us, this Psalm to me appears to only have two thoughts being used...
Praise, Salvation, Salvation, Praise
Praise for what God has done
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“I will extol you, O Lord.”
The word extol means lifting up, or exalting something that is already lifted up.
“For you have drawn me up” It’s as if David is like a child who has reached up for his father, to get away from a dog, and as soon as he’s in his fathers arms he stares at his face and goes “Thanks dad!”
“O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me.
O Lord, you brought up my soul from Sheol; you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.”
I identify closely with the words David uses in this Psalm.
I identify closely with the words David uses in this Psalm.
The pit.
Have you ever felt like you’re in the pit?
I sure have.
This Psalm has been one that I return to regularly in times of feeling that I have strayed from God.
So what is the pit?
Some translations use Sheol, which is the old testament Hebrew understanding of Hell.
Sheol was a physical place that one only reached through death.
David spoke of Sheol more than once, and we see through his prayers to God that through faith, David believed God would rescue and redeem Him from such a place.
I have set the LORD always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
9  Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices;
my flesh also dwells secure.
10  For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
or let your holy one see corruption.
The favor of the Lord is for a lifetime!
What a beautiful promise.
David doesn’t ignore the realities of the anger of God, and weeping.
Intense sorrow is the lot of a son of Adam.
We live in a broken, crippled world.
David had reasons for sorrow.
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