What does it say?
Psalm 43 records David longing for God, probably during the time he flees from his son Absalon (2Sam 17:29). Psalm 44 appears written on the occasion of great national defeat, yet clinging to hope in God. Paul quotes 44:22 in Rom 8:36. Psalm 45 celebrates a royal wedding. Verse 45:6 is quoted in Heb 1:8 and applied to Christ. Psalm 49 is a meditation on life and death.
Psalm 84 is the anticipation of a pilgrim approaching the Temple to worship and reflecting on the joy of those who are able to remain there continually. Psalm 85 is a prayer of thanksgiving and a plea for restoration to the place of blessing. Psalm 87 looks forward to the heavenly Zion or Jerusalem to come.
What does it mean?
Once again we must remember that dating the psalms and tagging them to specific events is in most cases very difficult and in others simply impossible. On those occasions where we are able to make such a connection, I will point it out. David wrote approximately half of the psalms. 1Chr covers the life of David. As such, many of the psalms we will read are attributed to him and that we did not previously read during our time in Samuel. 2 Chr goes from Solomon to the end of the monarchy. Therefore, we will also be reading psalms attributed to other authors such as Asaph and the sons of Korah.
The thematic content in the psalms is varied. At times the emphasis is intensely personal; at other times it is national in nature. Always the psalms are written to be sung in community.
How will I respond?
For my interaction with this passage today, I will identify a verse or passage that most speaks into a personal issue. I will also identify a verse or passage that most speaks into a matter of my church community. Finally, I will identify a verse or passage that most speaks into God’s global mission that has existed since the beginning. What practical action steps can I take as the result of what I am learning here?