The book of Psalms is a favorite of Christians, even though we frequently read it in portions and pieces, hopscotching through the familiar and avoiding the odd, the unpleasant and the difficult. But though the individual psalms arose from an assortment of times, experiences and settings, the book is composed in a deliberate pattern, not as a random anthology. The meaning of the Psalms is discovered in this pattern and order.
Michael Wilcock has written a sort of travel guide to the Psalms. In this volume, he invites us to begin our journey through the gateway of Psalms 1 and 2, with their summons to obedience. In the second volume, The Message of Psalms 73150, he ends with Psalm 150, singing its song of praise. In between we pass through all the "yes, buts" of faiththe conflicts, the burdens, the mysteries and the sufferings of life. In these laments and praises, hymns and liturgies, the Bible continues to speak clearly today.
About the Author
Wilcock was formerly director of pastoral studies at Trinity College, Bristol. He has now also retired from many years of pastoring churches in the United Kingdom, most recently St. Nicholas' Church, Durham.
Table of Contents
Author's PrefaceBegin Here
List of Abbreviations
List of Technical Terms
List of Related HymnsBook I (Pss. 1–41)
The Preamble: Psalms 12
The First David Collection: Psalms 3–41Book II (Pss. 42–72
The First Korah Collection and the First Asaph Psalm: Psalms 42–50
The Second David Collection and the First Solomon Psalm: Psalms 51–72