Themes from the Psalms . Class #2. Quote. We never become truly spiritual by sitting down and wishing to become so. You must undertake something so great that you cannot accomplish it unaided. Phillips Brooks . Outline of the Class. Introduction Types of Literature
We never become truly spiritual by sitting down and wishing to become so.
You must undertake something so great that you cannot accomplish it unaided.
This is how oral traditions were passed on to other generations
A Mighty Fortress is Our God -- Martin Luther, 1529
A mighty fortress is our God,A bulwark never failing;Our helper He amid the floodOf mortal ills prevailing;For still our ancient foeDoth seek to work us woe;His craft and pow'r are great,And armed with cruel hate,On earth is not His equal.
Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott,
Ein gute Wehr und Waffen;
Er hilft uns frei aus aller Not,
Die uns jetzt hat betroffen.
Der alt' böse Feind,
Mit Ernst er's jetzt meint,
Groß' Macht und viel List
Sein' grausam' Rüstung ist,
Auf Erd' ist nicht seingleichen.
Frederick H. Budge, 1852
Have you ever written a poem?
Have you ever written one to God?
Life causes it to pour forth
It is useful to have someone’s thoughts to guide us, but…
True worship is worship from our heart, not just repetition by rote of someone else’s words.
The Bible is seed material for our own expressions of worship (within proper bounds).
That is why we should keep writing stories and songs, keep exploring, probing, and thinking.
I've seen the lightning in a cloud,
And heard the thunder roaring proud;
Mighty, massive, raging high:
The fist of God against the sky!
From Psalms I have learned that I can rightfully
bring to God whatever I feel about Him.
Material from Dennis Bratcher’s web site
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150 Psalms: too many to cover them all
The final psalm in each of the five books closes with a doxology (word of praise to God)
You are a person living in the time of the kingdom (erase what you know of fulfilled prophecy)
What do you believe about the afterlife?
Background of audience; no understanding of Christ or the kingdom of heaven
Extension into the NT and present day
What are the similarities of the ideas and themes?
Is there any real difference? Think about the new uses
There was a veil over their minds that is lifted through Christ
We must get the log out of our own eye! (Luke 6:41-42)
They were able to see the Goodness of God
without knowing Christ!
Like a multifaceted jewel (facet – faces)
Fascination with the word
Turning it in your hand
Gazing at it as it sparkles
Not having all of the right answers, but enjoying the trip
Is it better to be right about insignificant matters, or to keep thinking?
With the Psalms you can worship with feeling without getting ensnared by legalism and arguments.
In some ancient copies this Psalm is an unnumbered Prologue
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.
But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
much-quoted, but rarely done
One way to enjoy Bible study is to look for recurrent themes.
It is fun to pick up an idea or word that keeps popping up, and then see how the Psalms are sprinkled all over with that thought.
It’s like a treasure hunt.
I’ve organized the themes into groups.
Pick out your own!
I come to you as someone whose love for the Psalms is far greater than his knowledge and understanding of them