Read 119.) Psalms 8, 9, 16, 19, 21 and 24. Sixteen psalms had titles related to specific historical events. 35 were Psalms of the Troubled Soul, and 17 were Psalms contrasting Righteousness and Wickedness. It is fitting that we have 7 readings and 36 Psalms of Joy and Praise unto the Lord! Why the joy? Why all the praise unto God? Psalm 8: David pens these 9 verses. Jesus quoted the first part of verse 2 in Mt.21. See how he contemplates our ‘size’ and our place in the creation, and wonders why God would even give us a thought. He is so very great! And, we are so very small! Psalm 9: With 20 verses, David greatly extols the Lord for His righteous justice in judgment. A favorite verse among these has long been verse 10, for the comfort it extends to the truly seeking individual. Psalm 16: A loaded 11 verses; David may have penned these words on the occasion of God’s great promise to him in II Samuel 7, or so verses 5+6 here would seem to imply. Favorites among these, come near the end, such as verse 8. But, what compares with verses 9 thru 11? With verse 9, he speaks of his body being secure. How so? In verse 10, he speaks of his resurrection in the first part of the verse; but more importantly, he even prophesies that Messiah, though He would die, would not see decay, bringing to mind His resurrection… and, quoted by Peter as he preached in Acts 2. David closes with his own hope of eternal life in the very presence of God!
Psalm 19: In these 14 verses, David ascribes to God highest praise. The first verse being the most recognizable. But, the pinnacle is verses 7 thru 11, which lift up high the Word of God! And, what of verses 12 and 13, as they pertain to our attitude toward our own personal sin issues? And, with a plea at the end, in verse 14, that our conversation and inner thoughts be of such a nature as to be pleasing to the Lord! Ah, Psalm 19! Psalm 21: More from David, the victorious king. He exalts in those victories God has given him over his enemies, but see verses 8 thru 12, as this certainly is prophecy concerning the end times! These perfectly match what will take place, as recorded for us in the Revelation, chapters 19 and 20. See that? Finally, Psalm 24: David, once more, with 10 verses. High praise unto the King of Glory, to Whom all things belong, and by Whom all things exist! He will share all that He has, and all that He is, with those whom we see in verses 3 thru 6. And, who might these be? They are the clean, and they are the pure! How did they become so? These are they who have taken it upon themselves to seek Him, to seek His face! It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell