Class Notes Psalms



Dr. King writes several scriptures from the Book of Psalms found in the Old Testament of the Bible.

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Class Notes Psalms
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[Page 1] [Underlined: Class Notes] [Underlined: Psalms] The book is a collection of poems for devotional use. There are some of the poems which are not believed to be Hebrew literature. [Page 2] There are five main parts which the book has been traditionally divided (1) 1 to 41 (2)42to72(3)73to89 (4)90-106 (5)107-150 The Psalms do not so much present concepts, as feeling [Page 3] 2:4-Here God is looked upon as one who laughs at those he betrays 4:8- In peace I will bath [Illegible] down and sleep; for them alone, O Lord, makest me dwell in safety." [Page 4] 7:1- 8:1-The majesty of God is spoken of here. This is a a[sic] recurring theme throughout the Psalms. 8:3F-Here we find an approach [Page 5] to God in nature 9:9-"The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed 10:3-1[8?]-Here we have the picture of a proud sinner who lives his atheism [Page 6] 14:1-The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." 15:2F-Here we find the representation of a truly good man. 16:10,11-Here we find intimations [Page 7] of [immortality?]. However it is not explicit. It is not clear whether the [psalmist?] believes in immortality, but he has the faith out of which the belief springs. [Page 8] 19:1-Here we find one of the most exploited expressions of God's speaking through nature. 23-This Psalm seems to be an explicit affirmation of immortality. [Page 9] 27:1-"The Lord is my light and salvation." 27:4-"[Illegible] thing have I asked of the Lord." 30:9- Here is one of the explicit denials of immortality in the Old Testament. [Page 10] 31:15- "My times are in thy hand 32:1-7-Here is a fine praise for the joy of repentance and recurring forgiveness. 33:1 "Praise befits the upright." 33:9- Here is an eloquent passage on the power of God. [Page 11] 34:8-"O taste and see that the Lord is good!" This is an [Illegible] test of religion. 34:19-"Many are the afflictions of the righteous; but the Lord delivers him out of them all." God somehow gives the righteous an [Illegible] stability in facing the problems of life. [Page 12] 37:16-"Better is a little that the righteous has than the abundance of many wicked." 37:25- The psalmist is here probably speaking out of his experience, nut his experience is limited."
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