The book of psalms – conclusion
In this article, we will be concluding our summary on the book of psalms.
In the center poem, psalm 148 all creation is summoned to praise the God of Israel because he has “Raised up a horn for His people” The horn here is a metaphor of a bull’s horn raised in victory and this image echoes back to the same image used in Hannah’s song for Samuel chapter 2, but also to the earlier psalm 132.
The horn is a symbol for the future messianic king and his victory over evil. It is a fitting conclusion to this amazing book.
Here’s one more thing that you are likely going to miss if you don’t read this book in order. There’s lots of different kinds of poems in the book of psalms but they all basically fall into 2 big categories, either poems of lament or poems of praise.
Poems of lament express pain, confusion and anger, about how horrible the world is and how horrible the things are happening to the poet, and so these poems draw attention to what’s wrong in the world and they ask God to do something about it.
There’s a lot of these in the book, which tells us something important. That lament is an appropriate response to the evil that we see in our world.
What you’ll notice however, is that lament poems predominate earlier in the book (books 1 through 3) but pay attention because you’ll also see praise palms occasionally.
Praise poems are poems of joy and celebration and they draw attention to what’s good in the world and they retell stories of what God has done in our lives and thank God for it.
In books 4 and 5 you’ll notice that praise poems come to outnumber lament poems and it all culminates in that 5 part Halleluiah conclusion so this shift from lament to praise is profound and it tells us something about the nature of prayer.
As we hope for the messianic kingdom as the book teaches us to do, this will create tension for us as we look out on the tragic state of our world and of our lives and so the psalms teach us not to ignore the pain of our lives but at the same time, Biblical faith is forward looking, looking to the promise of God’s future messianic kingdom.
Therefore, Torah and Messiah, lament and praise, faith and hope are what the book of psalms is all about
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