The book of Psalms was included by the Israelites in the Old Testament section known as “The Writings.” The title in Hebrew means “The Book of Praises.” David is the chief composer of the Psalms. Others include Asaph, sons of Korah, Solomon, Moses, Heman, and Ethan. Quite a few stand anonymous, known as the “orphan psalms.”
Psalms has been described as the faith of the Old Testament set to music and as the hymn book of the early church. The Psalms are poetic in nature, full of emotion and symbolism. A chief feature of Hebrew poetry is parallelism; the second line either echoes, contrasts, or completes the thought of the first. The overall theme of the book seems to be that God is worthy of praise because of who he is, what he has done, and what he will do.
We often find the Psalms quoted in the New Testament, and naturally, songwriters of the Christian age have incorporated many of them in songs that are familiar to us. Over the next several weeks we will look to the book of Psalms for our devotional material. And we may find ourselves singing their familiar words during the week. “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph. 5:19-20).
My comments are not an inspired commentary, but rather a few words to draw attention to the background, context, and dynamic situation of the book of Psalms. May God bless your reading of His Word. T.C.