Psalms 1-10

NLT Intro

  • Moses (1440 BC - 586 Babylonia) - Collected 2nd C
  • Roots are in the personal & national history of Israel + the timeless joys & struggles common to all humanity
  • Israel’s Song & Prayer book
  • Spectrum of emotions
  • Messianic (Jesus - Lk 22:44)

Helpful terms

  • Mt Zion = Temple = Locus of God’s Presence
  • enemies = literal or spiritual
  • judgment = a positive
  • vindictive words are not necessarily God’s, but human desires
  • nations = Gentiles (non-Jews)
  • Hebrew parallel poetry

Psalm 1 = Intro & Key to the Psalms

    • blessed = happy = God’s favor/judgment
    • 2 ways with respective results 
    • walk, stand, sit
    • delight in/meditation on/doing God’s word is the source of fruit
  • A Matrix for Praxis

Psalm 2 - Royal/Messianic - warning to the nations

Psalm 3 -Absalom’s rebellion (II Sam 15) - lament/cry for deliverance

Psalm 4 - An evening prayer - confidence in God’s peace

Psalm 5 - A morning prayer - Defender of the righteous

Psalm 6 - Penitential - Cry from a broken heart for mercy

Psalm 7 - lament - prayer for vindication & protection

Psalm 8 -  praise - God’s majesty

Psalm 9 - lament / acrostic - thanks for victory/justice

Psalm 10 - petition - prayer for help - overthrow the wicked

Discussion, Reflection, Application

  1. Which psalm was most meaningful to you?
  2. What is a way to use the psalm this week
  3. Try AM/PM meditation+ journal your prayer in response
  4. 4. My one gold nugget: _______________________

Next Week: Psalm 11-20