THOUGHTS

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All articles are written using the NKJV, unless otherwise noted! All articles are written by David Hicks, unless specified otherwise.

The Value of Psalms to Christians:

The Apostle Paul bore witness to the fact the there was much within the confines of the Old Testament that was able to be beneficial in those coming to Christ Jesus – Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 10:11; Galatians 3:24; 2 Timothy 3:15.

This is particularly true of the Psalms; as it is the most quoted work of the Old Testament to be found within the confines of the New. It was recorded by second century apocryphal writers that the Psalms played a significant role in the lives of early Christians. Tertullian (c. 160-225 AD) mentions singing songs from the scripture as part of the Lord's Supper (which included Messianic Psalms). It was customary for Christians to memorize various Psalms, especially those with a Messianic message. It was among early Christians that the Psalms enlightened social hours, softened and soothed the fatigues of this life, often read or sang before meals and prior to sleep.

A study of the Psalms can also enlighten our days and supplement our regiment of study. The Psalms expound on an array of subjects that are often re-visited within the confines of the doctrine of Christ through His chosen Apostles and prophets (even though the Psalms belong to a different administration of revelation).

The Psalms provide a fountain of information for the Christian seeking the production of righteousness, and the development of their relationship with their Creator. In every Psalm, approach to God is always with the utmost reverence, worship and praise exist in them all and in every line, and there is trust in God and confidence in His loving care. In all the Psalms, and especially in the Psalms of David, one is always aware of the presence of God as you read them.   

In the Hebrew language that the Psalms was written in, it was entitled “Tehillim”, which means “Praises”. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, whether Moses or David, and or anyone else who physically scribed the words of these beautiful works, the true author is the Holy Spirit of God (See: Matthew 22:43; Acts 1:16).

For us:

The Psalms are useful for teaching and confirming that Jesus is the Christ (Messiah). 

Luke 24:44-47 Then He said to them, These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me. 45 And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.

46 Then He said to them, Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

Read: Psalms 22


Psalm 16:8-11 I have set the Lord always before me;
Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.

9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices;
My flesh also will rest in hope.
10 For You will not leave my soul in Sheol,
Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.
11 You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

 

Read: Acts 2:25-28 – Peter says that David said this concerning the Messiah.

 

We can also learn about:

·         Eagerly yearning and longing for God’s presence.

·         Songs of joyous trust and praise.

·         Every emotion known to man; joy, anger, praise, repentance, trust, and praise to name a few.

Additionally, the Psalms can be for the Christian a song book, prayer guide through Christ Jesus, a book of Christian evidences, and a training guide for living righteously before our God.

Our aim should be:

·         To become more familiar with Old Testament poetry – next “Thought”.

·         Develop an appreciation for and a working knowledge of the Psalms.

·         To learn more of God’s character and nature.

·         Learn more of the details of the prophecies concerning the Messiah and His work on our behalf.

·         Develop irrefutable evidence for the inspiration of scripture; thus being able to know that the totality is tenable.

Next: “Characteristics of Old Testament Poetry”