Psalm 48-50: God’s glory.

April 29, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 48-50. Background: Psalm 45-47. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 48 The city of God: This psalm, written of the Sons of Korah, is a song of praise dedicated to the Lord. It depicts God in His glory, and then by proxy of His holy city, Zion. Zion in described in grand…

Psalm 39-41: Cries to the Lord.

April 8, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 39-41. Background: Psalm 36-38. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 39 Life is short: In this psalm, David beings with a held tongue and a muzzled spirit, not asking the Lord how many were the number of his days on the earth. But when he could not hold his peace for any…

Psalm 36-38: Appeals to God.

April 1, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 36-38. Background: Psalm 33-35. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 36 Contrast between the wicked and righteousness: In this psalm, David gives a contrast between the wicked and the Lord’s righteousness, with an ending plea for the Lord to remember him as righteous. The psalm opens with a picture of the…

Psalm 33-35: Shout to the Lord.

March 25, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 33-35. Background: Psalm 30-32. Chapter 33 Shout to the Lord: Psalm 33 is a wonderful psalm of praise that recaps the steadfast love and works that the Lord has done in all the earth. The praise of the Lord begins of the skill of the player praising the righteousness of…

Psalm 30-32: Joy, refuge and forgiveness.

March 18, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 30-32. Background: Psalm 27-29. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 30 Joy in the Lord: This psalm is indicated that it was used at the dedication of the temple by David (see II Samuel 5 and I Chronicles 22). It is a psalm of praise and thanksgiving, giving credit to the Lord…

Psalm 24-26: Glory and instruction.

March 4, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 24-26. Background: Psalm 21-23. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 24 The King of Glory: The 24th psalm has mainly one subject: the King of Glory. This phrase is repeated five times in the final stanza, as repetition is a common technique in Hebrew poetry, must like rhyme is a common…

Psalm 21-23: The Lord and the Christ.

February 25, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 21-23. Background: Psalm 18-20. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 21 1. Rejoicing in the Lord: King David often writes psalms of praise when the Lord has delivered him from his enemies or out of a bad situation and he is apt to give all the gory to God. We know that…

Psalm 18-20: The glory of God.

February 18, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 18-20. Background: Psalm 15-17. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 18 The Lord is the Rock, the Deliverer: The words of this Psalm can also be found in their entirety (verses 2-50 at least) in II Samuel 22, as it is recorded as David’s out pouring of praise after the Lord…

Psalm 15-17: The life of the righteous person.

February 11, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 15-17. Background: Psalm 12-14. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 15 The life of the righteous person: The question that is asked at the beginning of this psalm is an important one, as it sets up the meaning of the entire psalm. Who shall sojourn in the Lord’s tent, and who…

Psalm 12-14: Strong words.

February 4, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 12-14. Background: Psalm 9-11. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 12 A smooth tongue: It is very true that a smooth tongue can get a person into a lot of trouble. James calls the tongue a fire, a world of unrighteousness that no man can tame (see James 3:2-12). In this…

Psalms 6-8: Deliverance by God.

January 21, 2014. Daily Reading: Psalms 6-8. Background: Psalm 3-5. All three of these Psalms are attributed to David, a man after God’s own heart (ref. I Samuel 13:14). David was well in tune with the Spirit of God and he often expressed his emotion in the form of a psalm. These have been recorded…

Psalm 3-5: Righteousness and the salvation of the Lord.

January 14, 2014. Daily Reading: Psalm 3-5. Background. All three of the Psalms are attributed to David, the first when he was in distress running from his son Absalom (see II Samuel 15), and the second and third simply with the direction of using stringed instruments and flutes, respectively. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 3 Salvation…