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Bible Study Guide

Category: Psalms

Psalm 1 Genre

Psalm 1 Genre: Psalm 1 is a reflective or meditative psalm. Here’s what that means. Psalm 1 Genre: Not a Lament Psalm This isn’t a psalm where you’re going to see the psalmist working through some crisis in his life. Neither are you going to see a catalog of praiseworthy attributes of the Lord. Psalm […]

Psalm 1 Commentary

Psalm 1 Commentary

Psalm 1 Commentary: (See the type of psalm Psalm 1 is at our Psalm 1 Genre article.) Psalm 1 Commentary: Topic & Theme So, what is Psalm 1 talking about? Psalm 1 is about the blessings of the righteous. And that blessing is contrasted with the unenviable end of the wicked – judgment. So a fuller statement […]

Praise Psalm Overview (Psalm 33)

Psalm 33

Today we’ll be starting into a new type of psalm – the praise psalm. We’ve studied five lament psalms so far (Psalm 3, 4, 5, 7, and 10). And we covered only about 1/10th of all the psalms in that genre. So hopefully now when you come across the other 9/10ths of those psalms you’ll be better […]

Psalm 10 Commentary

Psalm 10

In this Psalm 10 commentary I’d like to give you a demonstration of how I go about preparing a message in the psalms using Psalm 10 as an example. It’s a lesson on how to interpret Hebrew poetry. And the idea is that hopefully you’ll pick up on some of the advice I give and be […]

Psalm 7 Commentary

Psalm 7 Commentary

The tongue is a fire. It’s the very world of iniquity. With the tongue, men simultaneously bless God and curse those made in his image. The tongue is out of control. Even powerful things like ships and horses can be tamed and directed. But no one can tame the tongue. This is what the book of James in the New Testament teaches us. And so it’s no surprise that the psalmist is experiencing what’s he’s experiencing in Psalm 7 here. David is being slandered by a particular man. And he needs the Lord to vindicate him – because he’s innocent of the charges. So, let’s study Psalm 7.

Psalm 5 Commentary

Psalm 5

We’ll approach Psalm 5 like we have all the psalms. We’ll explore its genre, underlying situation, structure, topic, and theme. And finally we’ll study each verse of this psalm. Psalm 5 Genre As has been our custom, we start these lessons considering the genre of the psalm that we’re studying. And Psalm 5 is another lament […]

Psalm 4 Commentary

Psalm 4

This is our lesson studying the Psalms. We started last time studying a sub-set of psalms known as lament or complaint psalms. Last week we dealt with Psalm 3. Now we’ll move one psalm further onto Psalm 4. Psalm 4’s Genre We’re again talking about a lament Psalm. So we can expect a certain type of structure in […]

Psalm 3 Commentary

Psalm 3

Let’s study Psalm 3! Psalm 3: Genre First, we’ll talk about the genre of Psalm 3. What kind of poem is it? Well, it’s what we call a lament Psalm. You could also call it a complaint Psalm. And this kind of Psalm accounts for about 1/3 of the entire book of Psalms. So just […]

An Introduction to Psalms & Biblical Poetry

Intro to Biblical Poetry

So, we find ourselves in a new teaching series. I originally planned to teach through Genesis at this point. I was taking an online course on the Pentateuch from Maranatha to gear up for that. But then my appendix ruptured and I ended up missing 2 of the 8 weeks of that class and had to […]

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