“This may just see me out.”  My mom uses this saying whenever she is buying something that she thinks is a little Mel-Plum-Navy-01extravagant.  For example, she may say this when she buys a new pair of shoes or a new coat (probably from Goodwill) or a new car.  Whatever this new purchase is, it may just ‘see her out.’  If it’s the last pair of shoes that she ever buys, what’s a few dollars here and there?

We began the study of the Psalms in class at church and I wonder, with 150 chapters and lots of emotion to boot, if the Psalms may just see me out.  This enormous book of the Bible is so full of praise, wonder, instruction, and literary art that it may take us years to complete it by studying one small piece at a time.  Of course, we may just take samples of the different types of Psalms or we may settle in and go through each one.

Many of us know that the book of Psalms was the song book of Israel for centuries but I didn’t realize that it took about 600 years to complete the collection of poetry.  The poetry in this book is considered ancient art.  The Hebrew poetry was not full of rhymes and 110318_ib_biblestudyrhythm, but full of imagery through similes (1:3, 42:1) and metaphors (23:1).  The poets used parellelism to express their thoughts (103:10, 37:21).  This poetry translates.  Rhymes and rhythm do not.

Several people contributed to the book of Psalms.  David wrote the most at 73, 34 of the Psalms are not attributed to anyone, and several of the Psalms were written by Levites who were leaders or members of the temple choir.  Solomon wrote 2 (72, 127) and Moses wrote 1 (90).

I am bolstered by the authority with which the New Testament writers gave to the Psalms.  The Hebrew writer quotes the Psalms and begins the quotation in 1:7 with “He says” speaking of God and then adds the verse in Psalms.  The Psalms are seen as the very words of God.  Jesus references the Psalms in Luke when he says that everything written about him must be fulfilled.

44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Luke 24:44

Notice that Mark 12:35-36 says that David wrote the Psalms but it was the Holy Spirit who was speaking.

I’m really looking forward to this study.purple spring flowers

I found this Study Help online and also found information in my NIV study Bible.