More Psalms this week and we pass the halfway point of its 150 chapters!
We finish up the second section of Psalms this week with chapter 72. This section had 31 chapters (42-72) with 18 being ascribed to David and the rest as anonymous. Psalm 72 begins "For Solomon," but is traditionally understood as being written by King David as a prayer for his son. And we begin the third section of Psalms in chapter 73. This next section has only 17 chapters (73-89), of which only Psalm 86 is ascribed to King David.
Psalms has a couple of functions: as a hymnbook and also as a book of poetry. Songs that can be identified as such in the Psalms include songs of thanksgiving (e.g., Ps 30), hymns of praise (e.g., Ps 117) and royal psalms, which may have been used in coronations and weddings. Identification of some psalms as prayers is also seen within the text, for example in the conclusion to Psalm 72, "The prayers of David son of Jesse are ended." The largest category of Psalms, though not grouped as such in the text, is that of lament (expressions of complaint and pleas for help from God).
May God add his richest blessings to the reading, the hearing and most importantly the living out of his holy Word! Amen.
Here is the schedule:
17, Sunday - Psalm 52-55
18, Monday - Psalm 56-59
19, Tuesday - Psalm 60-63
20, Wednesday - Psalm 64-67
21, Thursday - Psalm 68-71
22, Friday - Psalm 72-75
23, Saturday - Psalm 76-79