The book of Psalms is a favorite of Christians, even though we frequently read it in portions and pieces, hopscotching through the familiar and avoiding the odd, the unpleasant and the difficult. But though the individual psalms arose from an assortment of times, experiences and settings, the book is composed in a deliberate pattern, not as a random anthology. The meaning of the Psalms is discovered in this pattern and order.
Michael Wilcock has written a sort of travel guide to the Psalms. In the first volume, The Message of Psalms 1--72, he invites us to begin our journey through the gateway of Psalms 1 and 2, with their summons to obedience. In this volume, he ends with Psalm 150, singing its song of praise. In between we pass through all the "yes, buts" of faith--the conflicts, the burdens, the mysteries and the sufferings of life. In these laments and praises, hymns and liturgies, the Bible continues to speak clearly today.
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Book III (Pss. 73--89)
The Asaph Collection: Psalms 73--83
The Second Korah Collection: Psalms 84--89
Book IV (Pss. 90--106)
The First Exodus Collection: Psalms 90--106
Book V (Pss. 107-150)
A Further Exodus Psalm and the Third David Collection: Psalms 107--110)
Three Acrostics and the First Hallel: Psalms 111--119
The Songs of Ascents: Psalms 120--134
The Second Exodus Collection and the Fourth David Collection: Psalms 135--145
The Final Hallel: Psalms 146--150