With my reading yesterday I ventured into the first nine Psalms. First, let me clear some things up. When we speak of the “Book of Psalms” it is used in the plural. If we speak of one Psalm it is “Psalm”. Such as Psalm 1, Psalm 50, you get the idea. Psalms has no chapters, they are referred to as Psalms. There are 150 Psalms in this great Bible Hymnbook.
The Psalms are written by a few different men. David is the most noted one; then there is Moses who could have written Psalms 90 – 100; he is noted as having written Psalm 90. There is a possibility that Daniel wrote Psalm 137, or at least someone who had been taken captive to Babylon. There is also a fellow by the name of Asaph who wrote some of the Psalms.
The longest Psalm is 119 having 176 verse; and the shortest Psalm is 117 having only 2 verses.
Of course it makes no difference who the human author is; they are here by the inspiration of God; and they are both a corrective instrument of God as well as words of encouragement to all who read them. It would be great to have heard them sung from the mouths and hearts of those who wrote them.
My reading today was from Psalms 10 – 23. I am going to rest at Psalm 19 for this post today.
“The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is Thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.” Psalm 19:7-11 (KJV)
This Psalm of course, especially in these verses magnify the Law and Word of God. Notice the words used to convey to us the emphasis of God’s Word. “Law of the LORD”, “testimony of the LORD”, “statutes of the LORD”, “commandments of the LORD”, “fear of the LORD”, and “judgments of the LORD”. Perfection is the word used by the psalmist speaking of the power to convert. Its “testimony” makes the simple wise. Its “statutes” are right and rejoices the heart. The commandment is “pure” “enlightening the eyes”. “The fear of the LORD is clean”, and endures forever. His “judgments” are true and righteous, and that makes me think of 2 Peter 1:20,
“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” Included verse 21.
The Word of God is more important for the Christian and their daily walk with God than are three meals of food per day, which is good for the body we abide in.
You will notice too, that the one who walks with God will find that the Word of God is desired more than gold, even the finest gold. It is sweeter than honey and the honeycomb; now that is sweet, and it is for the soul who is in a just state with God. It can become bitter to the soul who is not righteous in God’s sight. There is also warning for the “servant” of God; and there is “great reward” for those who keep His Word.
Jesus Christ Son of the Living God said,
“Jesus answered and said unto them, ‘This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent.'” John 6:29
The One whom God has sent is, of course His Son Jesus Christ, and He came to die for your sins and mine. He died on the cross, was buried taking our sin’s guilt, and condemnation away, and arose bodily from the grave justifying those who believe Him, by the Father in Heaven.
Believe the Word of God for they are what testifies of Jesus.
-Tim A. Blankenship