Psalms – An Introduction

Wednesday Night Bible Study teaching notes for Wednesday, April 14th. We are currently working through the book of Psalms.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the teaching.

Martin Luther referred to Psalms as the “Little Bible”

Spans from the time of Moses to the return of the Exiles (1000 years)

A major theme for Psalms is WORSHIP (Obviously there are other themes found in Psalms, but tonight I want to focus on worship)

  • A book of Worship for the nation of Israel…then
  • A book of Worship for the redeemed today!…NOW

God is worthy of worship because of who He is, what He has done, and what He will continue to do.

  • He is the Ruler who Reigns. (Reigning King)
  • He is all knowing, all powerful, and ever present.
  • From “Trusting God” By: Jerry Bridges
    • God is perfect in Love
    • God is infinite in Wisdom
    • God is completely Sovereign

Worship = To give honor. To acknowledge. Bow down. Reverence. Respect, Dependence. (Remember, He is our creator and provider of all things)

  • Psalms 8 – Praise His name (who He is… His character)
  • Psalm 19 – Seek guidance and instruction
  • Psalms 51 – Confess our sin
  • Psalm 103 – Offer thanksgiving
  • Psalm 107 – Cry out in need

Since God rules over all, he can provide refuge for his servants and defeat all their enemies (Psalms 3–7; 9–18), turning them into willing subjects (22:27–28). His people can leave their enemies in his hands. He is King now and forever (93:1–2); he “has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all” (103:19). As Creator he provides food for all his creatures and blesses people with all good things (145:15–16; 147:12–20). In short, God is the Great Shepherd who is with his people now in joy and trouble and will usher them into his house to live safely forever (Psalm 23). ESV Systematic Theology Study Bible – Intro to Psalms

Putting Truth Into Action:

  • What does it mean to worship God?
  • What are some specific examples of how someone can personally worship God?
  • How should true worship change the way we live our life?

We desire to worship Him because WE REALIZE who He is.

We have no desire to worship Him because WE DO NOT REALIZE who He is.


Additional Resources:

A deeper dive into the introduction to Psalms

An Introduction to Psalms – ESV Global Study Bible

An Overview of Psalms – The Gospel Coalition

Why We Should be Praying Through the Psalms – Donald Whitney article on 9Marks

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