What does it say?
Psalm 1 is a fitting preface to the Book of Psalms. Perhaps written by David or Ezra, contrasting the godly and ungodly. Psalm 2 contrasts the rebellious human race and the Sovereign God. David wrote Psalm 15 in the form of a testimonial. Psalms 22-24 are a trilogy of Davidic psalms. Psalm 22 goes beyond any of David’s known experiences and is considered one of the purest of the Messianic Psalms. Psalm 23 is, of course, the most famous of the psalms presenting God as Shepherd caring for his sheep. Psalm 24 worships the Creator God. Psalm 47 is another outburst of praise to God the King. Psalm 68 is a song of great triumph celebrating God’s victorious power.
What does it mean?
Psalm 1 sets the tone for the Book of Psalms and life itself. Any authentic, lasting success in life springs from one’s continual meditation in God’s word and application to any individual is direct. Psalm 2 is one of the clearest of the Messianic Psalms, going far beyond the psalmist and is quoted several times in the New Testament in reference to Christ (Act 13:33; 4:27; Heb 1:5; Rev 2:27). Some believe Psalm 15 to be a reflection on 1Chr 17 when God gives Nathan words for David. The psalm explains that God wants from his people right actions, speech, relationships and use of resources.
Jesus quotes from Psalm 22 from the cross. The psalm details precise elements of the crucifixion from Christ’s perspective, utterly amazing for their exactness centuries before the crucifixion. Psalm 23 is often quoted, yet seldom comprehended in the depth of its rich meaning regarding our relationship with God and Christ’s words in John 10. Psalm 24 was perhaps written when the ark was first carried into Jerusalem through the city gates. (2Sam 6; 1Chr 15). Though not quoted in the New Testament, many see this as a Messianic Psalm.
Psalm 47 is immediately applicable as a call to worship. Do not miss, however, the missional application of 47:7-9 seeing God as over all the peoples of the earth. This is the mission and it permeates the Psalms.
Psalm 68 is another psalm of David. This one is probably on the occasion of the ark being carried into Jerusalem as is also true of Psalm 24. Bashan mentioned here is in the Golan Heights northeast of the Sea of Galilee. This psalm also has prophetic elements pointing to the Second Coming.
How will I respond?
I will pick one of these psalms today to be my prayer guide as I pray those parts applicable to me back to God.