A Siple Gude fo Teaching the Bible
By Henry Jaegers
THE BOOK OF PSALMS:
Title: The Hebrew Hymnbook
Summarizing statement: Because of the nature of the song, they cannot be organized or placed chronologically so the following is a simple outline to help appreciate the value of these great writings
1. The practical statement from the writings of D. Martyn Lloyd Jones' book of "fate on trial."
The great value of the book of Psalms is that in it we have godly men stating their experience, and giving us an account, of things that have happened to them in their spiritual life and warfare. That is the great value of the Psalms, I know of nothing in the spiritual life more discouraging than to meet the kind of person who seems to give the impression that he or she is always walking on the mountain top. That is certainly not true in the Bible. The Bible tells us that these men knew what it was to be cast down and to be in sore and grievous trouble. Many a saint in bis pilgrimage has thanked God for the honesty of the writers of the Psalms. They do not just put up ideal teaching which was not true in their own lives. Perfectionist teachings wax never true. They are not, true to the experience of the people who teach them, for we know that they are fallible creatures like the rest of us. They put their teaching of perfection forward theoretically, but it is not true to their experience. Thank God the Psalmists do not do that. They tell us the plain truth about themselves; they tell us the plain truth about what has happened to them.
2. A suggested outline the book of Psalms by John MacArthur.
These statements from “the Mac Arthur Study Bible gives us a clue on how these books have been traditionally organized. The one hundred and fifty canonical psalms were organized quite early into five “books.” Each of these books ends with a doxology
Pss. 41: (42-49 Korah)
72: 18– 20; (73– 83 Asaph),
106: 48; “Songs of ascents,” Pss. 120– 134),
150: 6). (Praise worship Pss. 146– 150).
But no one configuration key unlocks the “mystery” as to the organizing theme of this five-book arrangement.
1. Compare Psalm chapter 1:2-6, with Joshua chapter 1:8 and discuss the importance of meditating upon the word of God. Share how you think this is to be done.
2. Psalm Chapter 22 describes what is called one of the “Messianic Psalms”. That means, what does this verse say concerning the Lord Jesus Christ? Is it possible that these words can refer to another? Explain how both these views can be reconciled.
3. Psalm 23 describes the good Shepherd. Compare what is said in these verses with John chapter 10:27-29. Discuss the two different perspectives mentioned in these verses.
4. In Psalm chapter 51 we see the prayer offered by David upon realizing the enormity of his great sin against God. As you consider the contents of this great chapter, think of times that you may have had in your own life where this Psalm was a great comfort to you.
5. In Psalm 32, we find the joy that occurs when we discover that our sins have been forgiven. Have you ever experienced similar results in your communion with God?
6 In Psalm 103, discuss the many reasons that this Psalm gives for which we should be thankful.
7. In Psalm 107, discuss this subject, "what God does with our sins".
8. In Jeremiah chapter 29:4-7, discuss the instructions that God gave to Israel in preparation for their captivity in Babylon. Can you see the application for us as to how our behavior should be as we live in our present circumstances?
9. read Psalm 137 to discover how well they accepted their new home in Babylon. Can you identify with their dilemma?
10. In Psalm 126, we find a totally different people as they are leaving. Discuss the joy over the promises of God in these verses. How may we apply these principles in our own lives?