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Psalms Volume 1 Hardcover – October 27, 2002
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""This series doesn't fool around. It gets right down io business, bringing this ancient and powerful Word of God into the present so that it can he heard and believed with all the freshness of a new day, with all the immediacy of a friend's embrace."
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Perhaps more clearly than any other part of the biblical canon, the Psalms are human words directed to God. Yet, through the Holy Spirit, these honest, sometimes brutal words return to us as the Word of God. Their agonies and exaltations reflect more than the human condition in which they were created. Within the context of the canonical Psalter, they become the source of divine guidance, challenge, confrontation, and comfort. However, it is possible to misapply them. How can we use the Psalms in a way that faithfully connects God's meaning in them and his intentions for them with our circumstances today? Drawing on over twenty years of study in the book of Psalms, Dr. Gerald H. Wilson reveals the links between the Bible and our present times. While he considers each psalm in itself, Wilson goes much further, examining whole groups of psalms and, ultimately, the entire Psalter, its purpose, and its use from the days of Hebrew temple worship onward through church history. In so doing, Wilson opens our eyes to ageless truths for our twenty-first-century lives. Most Bible commentaries take us on a one-way trip from our world to the world of the Bible. But they leave us there, assuming that we can somehow make the return journey on our own. They focus on the original meaning of the passage but don't discuss its contemporary application. The information they offer is valuable---but the job is only half done! The NIV Application Commentary Series helps bring both halves of the interpretive task together. This unique, award-winning series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into our postmodern context. It explains not only what the Bible meant but also how it speaks powerfully today.
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Unless you are an in-depth teacher of a Sunday School class, this book is likely to be “too much sugar for a dime.”
Mr. Wilson's book gave me better insight into the historical connotation of Hebrew words (for example the ideas of justice, righteousness, vindication, deliverance...) with the benefit of practical application; the significance of the psalms to the pre-New Testament generations; and a sense to the order and grouping of the psalms that was not apparent to me.
Great study. I highly recommend it.
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