On August 1, 2012, we will start the study of the Book of Psalms, the church’s book of praise, hymns, songs and prayers! The Psalms was known in Hebrew as the Tehillim which meant “praise songs.” In the Greek, they were called “Psalmoi” which meant “songs to accompany stringed instrument.” The Book of Psalms is the longest book in the Bible with 150 chapters. The Psalms have been a bridge over troubled waters for Christians for nearly 2,000 years!
The Book of Psalms is divided into five books or divisions. Those books or divisions are: Book 1 (1-41); Book 2 (42-72); Book 3 (73-89); Book 4 (90-106); and Book 5 (107-150). Each of these five books end with a benediction.
Remember: THREE-A-DAY IS THE EASIEST WAY! There are 1,189 Chapters in the Bible and to read the whole Bible in 52 Weeks, one must read an average of 3.25 Chapters every day!
Here in week twenty-eight we start our study of the Book of Psalms by looking at Book 1 Psalms 1-41 which contain many of the best known and beloved Psalms. In fact, some of the Psalms in 1-41 include some of the best known and most often quoted Scriptures in the entire Bible!
Please read prayerfully and carefully Psalms 1 thru 41 and answer the following questions that we will discuss in our session on this Wednesday:
1. Why is the Book of Psalms also known as the Psalter?
2. What kind of Psalm is Psalm 1?
a. Wisdom
b. Royal
c. Messianic
3. In Verse 1, what do you think the Psalmist meant by “Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, or stand in the way of sinners
or sit in the seat of mockers”?
4. How many of Psalms 1-41 are considered to be written by King David? Which Psalms in 1-41 were NOT written King David?
5. What kind of Psalm is Psalm 2?
a. Royal
b. Messianic
c. Both
6. Psalms 3-7 are considered the prayers of which psalmist?
7. Which is your favorite or two favorite Psalms in 1-41? Why?
8. What are some of the best known verses in your favorite Psalm(s) in Book 1?
9. Where in the Gospel of Luke does Jesus confirm that the Psalms talk about him?
10. Which Messianic Psalm did Jesus quote from during His crucifixion? Where in the New Testament do you find Jesus’ quote from the Psalm about crucifixion?
11. The best known and most frequently quoted Psalm is Psalm 23. Why?
12. Can you repeat the 23rd Psalm from memory?
13. Do you know what makes Psalms 22, 23, and 24 Messianic Psalms?
14. What are some of the famous quotes from Psalm 24?
15. Psalm 27 is another very popular Psalm among African Americans in Book 1. What are the popular quotes in Psalm 27?
16. What’s the most popular verse in Psalm 30? If you have read Psalm 30 in context, what makes you understand that this popular verse is often quoted out of context?
17. Many Christians love Psalm 34:8 “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” What does this verse mean to you?
18. In which Psalm and verse do we find David referring to the LORD as his shield and buckler.”?
19. In which Psalm and verse do we find those beautiful words “tender mercies” and “lovingkindness” in the same verse?
20. In which final Psalm and verse do we find the benediction for Book 1?
Now that you have read Psalms 1-41 in context from the beginning, tell us two things you learned that you did not know about Psalms 1-41?
Pastor Rivers has taught and preached that whatever a Christian needs for comfort, counsel, or inspiration in Scripture can be found in the Psalms. Have you been helped by Psalms 1-41 since you started reading them this week?