Psalms Everywhere

It turns out that this is a Psalm heavy month.

The Sunday evening group is looking at Psalms that are tied to the life of David in their inscriptions.

The Sermon series this month is on Gratitude and is based on Psalms 146 to 150.  These Psalms all start with “hallelujah”, which means “Praise the LORD”.   Eugene Peterson in his book Answering God: mentioned that these psalms form a 5 part wrap up of the book of Psalms.  The book itself is divided internally into 5 books, each of which ends with a “praising benediction”. (Ps 41:13; 72:19; 89:52;106:51; 150:6)

These 5 Hallelujah psalms also work as a sort of gathering place of themes from the book as a whole.  Where the struggles of faith are evident in the Psalms as a whole, whether that be enemies, doubts, laments or longing for grace, these last five issue in praise to God.

Hallelujah is a plural verb.  If we were translating this southern style, it might say,

“Come on, Y’all, Praise the Lord together.”  

Psalm 146 contains a benediction also:

Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,

whose hope is in the LORD his God.

 

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