The Story of Psalms


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The Story of Psalms help us to see God Speaking in them.
They open our hearts to give praise and honor to God for all His Blessings.
The Story of Psalms exalts God for who He is and what He has done.
It illuminates His Greatness and affirms His Faithfulness to us in times of trouble.
We rejoice in prayer and bow in worship as we open our hearts to God that helps us to feel closer to God.
Psalms remind us that God is the Beginning and the End of all things - He is the Alpha and the Omega, the first and last letters of the Greek Alphabet.
Jesus Christ the Master Teacher used the Book of Psalms to tell His Message and give meaning to His Teachings.
At his final meeting with His Disciples He said, "The words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and in the Prophets and Psalms must be fulfilled" (Lk 24:44).
Psalms had a profound effect on the development of Christian worship.
The Early Church chanted or sang Psalms as part of the Liturgy.
Saint Luke the Evangelist noted that they were also a source of guidance.


David and Solomon

The Story of Psalms
David (907 BC) was the second ruler of the united kingdom of ancient Israel and Judah.
He established Jerusalem as a holy city and laid the foundation for kings to govern the Jews for more than 400 years.
Kings David and his son, Solomon made major contributions to Judaism.
David founded the Judaean dynasty and united all the tribes of Israel under a single monarch.
King David's reign was the golden era of ancient Israel.
Solomon built the great First Temple of Jerusalem and expanded the empire that David built.
The temple represented a fulfilment of God's promise to his father, David.
It was dedicated for the people of Israel where God's people could be in His Presence on earth.
David
God loved David for his: spirituality, humility and integrity.
Though David was sinful in life, he also possessed the heart qualities of faith, love and repentance.
Hebrew Scriptures, 1 Samuel 16 portrays David as a young man who captures not only the heart of the nation of Israel, but also the Heart of God.
David was a Psalmist who composed Sacred Songs, and Hymns as part of his worship to God - David composed seventy-three of the 150 Psalms in joyful praise to God.
With his harp he was Israel's sweet psalmist (I Sam 16:18; II Sa 23:1) who played for king Saul to soothe him.
He sang his Song of Praise when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul, “The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; 3 my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation".
Solomon
King Solomon, the third king of the United Kingdom of Israel and Judah was known as the wisest man who ever lived.
He is credited with writing Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs in the Bible.
When you believe in the value of wisdom, it will make you great.
Proverbs focused on living life under the direction of Divine Guidance to gain wisdom and common sense imbued with ancestral wisdom passed down from generation to generation.
Jesus used Proverbs to discuss the Nature of God and religion with the teachers of the law (Luke 2:41-50).


David the Shepherd Boy

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The Story of Psalms
King David was the second king of the United Kingdom of Israel and Judah.
He was born in Bethlehem in 907 BC and died in Jerusalem in 837 BC.
David was the young shepherd boy who gained fame for killing the Philistine warrior, Goliath.
He was anointed as the King of the United Kingdom of Israel and Judah by the prophet, Samuel.
King David established Jerusalem as his capital and brought the Ark of the Covenant (gold-covered wooden chest containing the two stone tablets of the Ten Commandments) there.
David also became famous for his sacred psalms, the Hebrew (Jewish) hymns of praise and worship to God.
The Lord is my Shepherd (Psalm 23), written by David, is one of the most beloved of all psalms found in the Old Testament of the Bible.
To the Jews, their “Shepherd” is God.
David portrays God as his Shepherd and his Protector who will lead him to greener pastures and that he would lack nothing.
Psalm 23 depicts a poetic image of a powerless sheep being tended by an unfailingly careful shepherd in a world of dangerous ditches and ravenous wolves.
"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want” (Psalms 23:1) testifies that the Savior, Jesus Christ, is the "Good Shepherd" for Christians, Who came to lead His flock to God's “well-worn paths" and Who went to the Cross so we can gain salvation in God's Heavenly Kingdom.
The Lord is my Shepherd - Psalms 23:1-6
The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Amen

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The Story of Psalms-Solomon

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The Story of Psalms
Solomon, the third king of Israel who succeeded his father, King David, was renowned for his wisdom, writings, and building accomplishments.
He erected the magnificent First Temple as a monument to Glorify God and as a home for the Ark of the Covenant in which the Ten Commandments were placed.
Solomon also authored several Biblical books, which include the collection of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, the Song of Solomon and the Wisdom of Solomon.
After Solomon's death, his kingdom divided into the northern Kingdom of Israel with its capital in Samaria and the southern Kingdom of Judah which consisted of the tribes of Benjamin and Judah, who kept their capital in Jerusalem.
In Matthew 1:1–6 and Luke 3:31–34 of the New Testament, Jesus is described as a Member of the tribe of Judah by lineage.
The Lord's Prayer - The Greatest Prayer
Jesus Christ “went up on a mountain” (Matthew 5:1) to deliver His famous Sermon on the Mount to His Disciples and followers.
The Sermon on the Mount emphasized the Moral Teachings of Jesus Christ found in Matthew chapters 5, 6 and 7 of the New Testament which include the beloved Beatitudes and the Lord's Prayer.
The Lord's Prayer, recorded in the Gospel of Matthew 6:9–13 and in the Gospel of Luke 11:2–4, is the best of all prayers because it recognizes God as our Creator and was taught by Jesus Christ at the Sermon on the Mount.
The Lord's Prayer
Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
Amen

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