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.
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… Continue reading Psalm 5 Commentary
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… Continue reading Psalm 4 Commentary
Let’s study Psalm 3! Psalm 3 Commentary 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… Continue reading Psalm 3 Commentary
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… Continue reading An Introduction to Psalms & Biblical Poetry