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Psalms 87 to 93
Read this coming week:
Oct 3 Isa 15‐19, Ps 87, Acts 10 Oct 4 Isa 20‐22, Ps 88, Acts 11 Oct 5 Isa 23‐25, Ps 89:1‐29, Acts 12 Oct 6 Isa 26‐28, Ps 89:30‐52, Acts 13 Oct 7 Isa 29‐30, Ps 90, Acts 14 Oct 8 Isa 31‐33, Ps 91, Acts 15 Oct 9 Isa 34‐36, Ps 92, Acts 16 Oct 10 Isa 37‐38, Ps 93, Acts 17
For next week you’re reading Psalms 87 to 93. Answer the following: • What unusual places seem to be friends of the psalmist? (87) • How has God caused to turn against the psalmst? (88) • Who was the promise in 89:29 originally given to? • When do you think Psalm 89 was written and why? • What was life expectancy like in the time of Moses’ writing this psalm? (90)
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The devil quotes Psalm 91 in the Gospels, can you isolate what he quotes? What can “the stupid man not know?” (92) What does the Lord reign over according to the psalm?
Book Four of the Psalms
Psalm 90 opens the fourth book of the Psalms. To review, we have now seen 3 books of the Psalms and are approaching the 4th. Book I was largely comprised of psalms written by David. The time period of this Book of the Psalms was largely while David was hiding from Saul before becoming king. Book II is also largely a Davidic work, but is from a different time period, that of when David was king until the end of his reign. Book III then, was the least Davidic of all of the books of the Psalms with only one or two (depending on interpretation) psalms that were penned by Israel’s second king. It is thought that much of Book III was written during Israel’s ongoing conflict with Assyria and other warring neighbors. Now Book IV (90-106) appears to contain some Davidic songs and ideas, but perhaps used as a way of looking back to the “old country” while Israel is living in exile or at least under the siege of foreign enemies. These songs simultaneously sing of the greatness of the days when Israel followed the Lord, as well as call for a reformation be enacted by the people and a rescue enacted by God to bring them back to the promised land. These Psalms seem to be Israel’s introspection over the course of their time in captivity and hardship. Still, much like some of our most hopeful spiritual songs were written in times of great adversity, some of the most hopeful psalms are found in Book IV.
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