What does it say?

We have noted before that a precise chronological order of the psalms is impossible. Some are very clear as to author and historical circumstance, while others are not. The psalms in today’s reading are all Davidic psalms.

There are many suggested chronological Bible reading schedules. They are different because there are passages in the Bible very difficult, if not impossible, to date. While the general structure and approach is very similar in most chronological readings, issues such as the dating of many of the psalms makes the task that much more difficult.

Since we are following the Blue Letter Bible reading, here is how the same Blue Letter Bible (with some modifications) suggests as probable events in David’s life that could be tagged to the individual psalms we read today:

Psalms 6 and 8: Often places following 1 Chr 28:21 toward the end of David’s life

Psalm 9-10: Follows the victory over Goliath. These two are acrostic psalms that appear to be connected (an acrostic psalm has the first letters of each verse following the order of the Hebrew alphabet).

Psalm 14: The Blue Letter Bible suggests this psalm may be from the captivity period in Babylon, even though David’s name is associated with it.

Psalm 16: After Nathan’s prophetic words to David in 1Chr 17.

Psalm 19: Toward the end of David’s life after 1Chr 28:21

Psalm 21: With 2Sam 10:19 on the occasion of the war with the Ammonites and Syrians.

What does it mean?

This is a lot of reading with deep content. Why not write for yourself a one-word or one-phrase summary of each of these 8 Psalms.

How will I respond?

Surely at least one of these eight Psalms particularly speaks to me. What is one specific action step I can take or one specific prayer request that I can pray right now?