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The book of psalms


  What makes the book of Psalms in the Bible unique is that it is not broken into chapters by man, but is a collection of individual psalms that have been collected into one location within the Bible. Each one stands alone as a complete song or hymn! There are some of praise, lament, thanksgiving, repentance, and other types. They are poetic, beautiful and unfortunately little studied by people today (Christians included). We have a vague knowledge of what they contain.

  Most people can quote all or part of Psalm 23, (often called the Shepherd Psalm) especially the phrase “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil." We know that King David is credited with writing the majority of the psalms. Many people can name that Psalm 119 is the longest. If asked for David’s Psalm of Repentance, we point to Psalm 51. We use Psalm 1:1-2 as a reason to know God’s word, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” 

  All of these above are good to know, but since the Word of God is the most important thing we can know, we should always dig deeper into it. The collection of these psalms shows us the beauty and love of God in a way that should cause us to sing before Him in joy and love. Please take the time to study the Psalms and grow thereby. I leave you with the shortest, Psalm 117:

  O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. For His merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.” (Note: Bible translation used for above quotes is King James Version).



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