Reading: No Scheduled Reading
Thoughts and Reflections: Today is the planned catch up day for the second week of April (8-14). Also, following are some points to ponder based on this week’s readings.
- In the introduction to this week’s reading we noted that 73 of the 100 Psalms that carry inscriptions are in some way ascribed to David. It’s interesting that in Acts 4:25-26 a quotation is made from Psalm 2 (verses 1-2) which bears no such inscription. The quotation in Acts is introduced, though, with, “who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit”.
- Have you ever noticed that the book of Psalms is actually divided into five separate books? Book I is Psalms 1-41; Book II is Psalms 42-72; Book III is Psalms 73-89; Book IV is Psalms 90-106; Book V is Psalms 107-150. The last verse of each of the five books serves as a doxology. For instance, Psalm 41:13 reads, “Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! Amen and Amen.”
- Though David is credited with most of the Psalms other well known authors (or so ascribed) include Moses (Psalm 90) and Solomon (Psalm72 and 127). The time frame of the Psalm also ranges from Moses to the time of the Judges (perhaps Psalm 106) to the Babylonian exile (Psalm 137).
A Mirror for the Realities of Life
The value of the Psalms is beyond measure.
That truth is nowhere more evident than in the fact that it is the most quoted Old Testament book in the New Testament. The Psalms obviously played a cornerstone role in the life and faith of those first disciples of Jesus and the original church.
For centuries since, believers have found in them great solace, joy, comfort, kindred pain, and exuberant praise.
The faith of the Psalms is genuine. While they are perhaps best known for their expressions of praise to God who above all, and alone, is worthy; they also voice the hurt of hearts seemingly forgotten by God, the bitterness of tears in darkness of night, and the loneliness of faith when friends have failed.
The faith of the Psalms mirrors the realities of life. All days are not pleasant. Hearts don’t always soar. Yet, through it all and in it all God is still there. His steadfast love does not fail, His mercies never come to an end. He willingly and freely forgives–and forgives again.
And so this book marvelously ends: “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!” (Psalm 150:6)