Worshipping God in the Psalms
In almost every culture, poetry is used to convey the depths of the soul. In that honest expression of the soul, the Psalms escort us into the courts of worship. For the psalmist, this meant pouring out both wild, adoring praise and heart-wrenching laments, in which he told God exactly how he felt and how much he longed for God’s intervention. The psalmist knew the tension of being human. As dark and painful as these moments might be, he ultimately realized that God was faithful, righteous, loyal, and good in dealing with him. Then his heart turned to songs of praise.
Not only do the Psalms engage our emotions, but they also present our minds with theological truths as we view the character of God in action. Only when we come to see for ourselves that God is good in all His dealings with us are we finally able to recapture our love relationship with Him.
Through your study of this course, we pray that you will:
- Gain insight and skills for reading and interpreting the Psalms for yourself
- Grasp figures of speech and traits of Hebrew poetry
- Get to know the psalmist and how he conveyed his thoughts and emotions
- Understand the importance of being honest about sin and experiencing God’s forgiveness and cleansing
- More fully understand the character of God through the psalmist’s poetic expressions and depictions of covenant loyalty
- Learn to enter into true worship of the Lord God, with a heart full of praise for the One who loves you so much!
Here in the Psalms we approach the discovery of what intimate fellowship with the living God really means and what it is to truly worship Him. In desperate moments we can easily lose sight of what we know to be true…even of God Himself. This course will help you rise above your emotions to lay hold of great theological truths that will strengthen your life. When we see God for who He truly is, and then in response give Him all our praise and adoration, we are at last experiencing the highest purpose for which we were created.