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Imperfect as David was, David had a pure heart. Several Psalms demonstrate the breadth of David’s emotions—such as the death of Saul, Jonathan and Abner. There was also a keen sense of relief when he was delivered from Saul and other enemies. There was celebration and Thanksgiving when the
This collection of 150 songs and prayers, the Psalms, contain songs not only by David and Solomon, but of Korah— Asaph, Hemen, and Ethan— who were assigned to the ministry of temple worship. A song of Moses is included in Psalm 90. The original collection was divided into 5 books. They can be rearranged with 5 major topical groupings. Songs of praise, supplication, and thanksgiving were a significant part of
worship. David also appointed singers to
minister through songs and prophecy in the temple. All of those were built on David’s songs and
prayers while some others wrote psalms for themselves.
Psalms for the Troubled Soul
The first group of 35 reflect the fears of one whose enemies are after us on every side. David had many such enemies. They speak of anyone who has ever known persecution for righteousness, or anyone who feels betrayed and alone in the midst of a hostile world. The enemy not only reflect physical harm but brings mockery, slander and lies. Sometimes the psalmist wonders if God even hears his prays and at other times give to God for having heard his prayers and supplications. There is apparent harshness in many psalms which is the exaggeration of a pursued and fearful soul.