READING THE BIBLE IN 52 WEEKS
On August 8, 2012, we will continue 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 and can speak to your every situation!
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 book or division of Psalms ends 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-nine we now turn in our study to Book 2 of the Psalms. In fact, some of the Psalms in 42-72 include some of the best known and most often quoted Scriptures in the entire Bible!
Please read prayerfully and carefully Psalms 42 thru 72 and answer the following questions that we will discuss in our session on this Wednesday:
1. Of the 31 Psalms in Book 2, how many were written by King David and how many by his son Solomon?
2. Many Biblical scholars believe Psalms 42 and 43 were one Psalm originally because of a repeat of an important verse in both Psalms. Which verse in Psalm 42 is repeated in Psalm 42 and again in Psalm 43? Which verses are repeated?
3. In which verses of Psalm 42 does the psalmist declare he will “yet praise him” when speaking of God? What do you think he meant by this phrase?
4. What kind of psalm in Psalm 44?
b. National Lament
5. The word Selah occurs 71 times in the Psalms and is found after Verse 8 in Psalm 44. What does Selah mean and should it be said while reading the Psalms aloud?
6. Psalms 46-48 express confidence in God’s protection of His people in times of trouble. What is the great hymn written by Martin Luther from Psalm 46?
7. What kind of Psalm is Psalm 47?
b. National Lament
8. Psalms 51 is a confession Psalm and is one of the greatest of all the Psalms. This Psalm includes some of the beautiful words found in the Bible. In Verses 1 and 2 what three things did David ask God to do with his great sins?
9. In Psalm 51:4 David said he had only sinned against God. What do you think this statement by David meant then and now for Christians today?
10. What do you think is the most often repeated request of God from David in Psalm 51 that has helped Christians since the beginning of the Church? What does this request mean for you in your life today?
11. In Psalms 52-65 David is shown praying in fear, hiding, running, and under attack by many enemies. When we consider how strong and courageous David was in the Scriptures, what does it say about his personality that he seemed so weak and scary at times while writing these Psalms?
12. What kind of Psalm is Psalm 66?
b. National Lament
13. Psalms 69-71 are considered prayers of David for deliverance from internal enemies. Which verse in Psalm 69 says that David believes his enemies were after him for no good reason?
14. Psalm 69 is also thought to be a messianic Psalm which is often quoted in the New Testament. Which verse in Psalm 69 is quoted in each of the Gospels and viewed as prophecy of the coming crucifixion of our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ?
15. Can you name the verses in the four Gospels that come from Psalm 69 as prophecy of Christ’s suffering on the cross?
16. Which is your favorite or two favorite Psalms in 42-72? Why?
17. Which verse in Psalm 71 shows David is asking for God’s help against his enemies who are attacking him because he has grown old?
18. Who wrote Psalm 72?
19. Where in Psalm 72 do we find the second doxology in the Book of Psalms?
20. Verse 20 of Psalm 72 says this ends the prayers of “David son of Jesse.” Was this the last Psalm of David in the Book of Psalms?
Now that you have read Psalms 42-72 in context from the beginning, tell us two things you learned that you did not know about Psalms 42-72?
STUDY BOOK 3 PSALMS 72-89 and Book 4 Psalms 90-106 FOR AUGUST 15, 2012