The Book of Psalms has been the hymnal of God’s people for centuries. Singing psalms was part of worship during Old Testament and New Testament services and celebrations (e.g. 1 Chronicles 16:9, Colossians 3:16). The Passover celebration included the singing of psalms (Matthew 26:30). The gospels also record several instances when Jesus quoted them as He spoke to a crowd or to His disciples (e.g. Luke 20:42).
The Book of Psalms is a collection of 150 poems. Some are identified as songs, and many of them are addressed to “the chief musician.” A few are identified as prayers: Psalm 86, written by David, Psalm 90, written by Moses, and Psalm 100, written by an unnamed psalmist. Some are given a historical setting. For example, the notation for Psalm 3 is “a psalm of David when he fled from Absalom, his son.” Other psalms, like 33 and 71, have neither a musical nor historical notation.
One of the most intriguing characteristics of the psalms is their many references to Jesus’ first or second coming. Psalms that are predominately about Jesus are often called Messianic psalms. In this collection of devotions, we’ll study some of them, including Psalm 22, which accurately described a Roman crucifixion hundreds of years before the Roman Empire existed. We’ll also look at some psalms that contain only one or two verses that refer to Christ’s first or second coming, such as Psalm 31.
Looking for pictures of Jesus in the Old Testament is something He instructed us to do. In fact, He chided the disciples on the Emmaus Road because they did not see Him in the Old Testament Scriptures (Luke 24:25-27, 44-45). Join us as we study some of the snapshots of Jesus contained in the Book of Psalms.
Here are the devotions in this series: Psalm 2, Psalm 22, Psalm 31, Psalm 35, Psalm 41, Psalm 45, Psalm 110, Psalm 118