Friday, May 16, 2008

Tongues of Fire-Pastor Paul's Podcast-Episode 47-Pride Pt 2

Introduction to

Authorship, Date and Background: The book of Psalms has followed the tradition of the Septuagint for its name. Literally, the Greek rendering Psalmoi means 'song to the accompaniment of a stringed instrument.' The Hebrew title for the book is Tehillim, which means 'praise songs.' Psalms contains 150 chapters or psalms and has been divided into five segments, each one ending with a doxology-As follows:
  1. (1-4)
  2. (42-72)
  3. (73-89)
  4. (90-106)
  5. (107-150)
The date and authorship of this book is unique in that some of the authors are known and others are not, and the dates for composition of the various psalms range from Moses to the period of the exile and shortly thereafter, from ca 1400 to 500 B.C. Seventy three of them are ascribed to David, two to Solomon, one each to Ethan and Heman, one to Moses, and twenty-three to Levitical clans of Asaph, leaving forty-nine psalms whose authors cannot be ascertained.

Modern scholars have challenged the Davidic authorship of a number of the psalms attributed to him and have opted for a late dating of virtually all of the psalms. Interestingly, this is inconsistent, because some of the instructions for the singing of the psalms were written in a language that had already become untranslatable in the sixth century B.C.

Characteristics and Content: The psalms vary widely in their purposes. Scholars have noted eight different categories of psalms:
  1. Personal psalms
  2. prayer psalms
  3. liturgical psalms
  4. historical psalms
  5. praise psalms
  6. penitential psalms
  7. Messianic psalms
  8. psalms which exalt the majesty and might of God. Some psalms fit neatly into a category, while others fit into several categories.1
Psalm 20
A liturgy for the king
A. Prayer for victory

To the leader. A Psalm of David

The Lord answer you in the day of trouble!
The name of the God of Jacob protect you!
May he send you help from the sanctuary,
and give you support from Zion.
May he remember all your offerings,
and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices.
May he grant you your heart's desire,
and fulfill all your plans.
May we shout for joy over your victory,
and in the name of our God set up our banners.
May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.

B. Assurance of divine help

Now I know that the Lord will help his anointed;
he will answer him from his holy heaven
with mighty victories by his right hand.
Some take pride in chariots, and some in horses,
but our pride is in the name of the Lord our God.
They will collapse and fall,
but we shall rise and stand upright.
Give victory to the king, O Lord;
answer us when we call.

Welcome to Tongues of Fire-Pastor Paul's Podcast-Episode #47-Pride Pt 2
Scriptures within the message are:
  • Pride Pt 2 was originally recorded July 7, 1985
  • Running Time: 1:15 File Size: 69.5 MB
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1 'New Revised Standard Version Harper Study Bible' Zondervan

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Tongues of Fire-Pastor Paul's Podcast-Episode #47-Pride Pt 2
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