The Psalms is one of the most read and referenced books in all of the scriptures, yet they are also one of the least preached books of our bible. Martin Luther said the Psalms are the Bible in miniature. If that’s the case, we would do well to spend time studying, preaching and teaching, and applying them to our lives and the lives of our disciples!
During Summer 2019, we will be walking through the fifteen “psalms of ascent,” so named because the Israelites used to sing these as they ascended the mountain in Jerusalem for worship. Like the entire collection of psalms, these cover a wide range of emotions and situations, from joy and celebration of family and country to lament and despair in the midst of persecution and death. By studying these through the lens of Christ, we can see how He perfects our worship in any and every situation, and is the Lead Worshiper through whom we also may ascend to salvation by faith.
Reading the Psalms
The book of Psalms is the largest book in the bible and was written over a period of 1000 years. It is a collection of 150 songs written by over 10 different authors. They are compiled by several different groups and broken up into Books 1-5. There are several different genres of Psalms throughout the book and it is helpful to know and understand what genre each specific Psalm fits into to better apply it to our life. We have created a Psalms Genre Chart for those wanting to gain a little deeper insight into each Psalm.
We have also made a reading plan for this sermon series. It is our hope that everyone will read through the Psalms this summer and meditate on and respond to God’s word. To help facilitate this, we will have special Psalms Journals available for you to write in as you see fit. Use the guide and reading plan below, and dive deep into God’s word this summer.