In this 144 page paperback, Dale Ralph Davis walks the reader through the first twelve Psalms. He approaches the Psalms along the lines of Gordon Wenham in his book "The Psalter Reclaimed" (see my review of that fine work). Davis follows more of a canonical-redemptive flight pattern in interpreting the Psalms. Each Psalm is where it is for a reason, and that helps to unpack the meaning of the passage. But beyond that technicality, this is a delightful morsel to feed on, especially for weary, worn, watery-eyed souls that feel that their faith is becoming rice-paper thin."
"The Way of the Righteous in the Muck of Life" is truly what they title says. On the one hand, there are loads of reasons for God's covenant-love recipients to take heart. The God whom we love, not only loved us first, but continues to keep our plight in mind, guiding, sustaining, helping; "There is a sense in which Yahweh saves you again and again in your troubles and dangers. Some of you can point to having been 'saved' in that sense even this last week. We shouldn't forget this sense of 'salvation.' Maybe some of us are in arrears in the gratitude department as we haven't been remembering this" (48).
On the other hand, Davis doesn't hold back any punches when it comes to applying the good news of these Psalms. He draws believers into the punchy counsels of the Psalms, for example when writing about Psalm 5, "There is a difference between prayer and drivel. I do not want to advocate eloquence in prayer, but I want to reject thoughtlessness in prayer" (63). Similarly, he rubs the noses of the wicked in the gracious grit of the psalter. When commenting on Psalm 5, verses 5 and 6, Davis notes; "Verses 5b and 6b sort of blow up the myth about God 'hating sin yet loving the sinner.' He does not hate the evil done but the evildoers (5b); he doesn't detest merely bloodthirsty deeds but bloodthirsty men (6b). What holy, praise-worthy hatred" (64)!
"The Way of the Righteous in the Muck of Life" is a book for God's children, wherever they are in the muddy, muddled, messiness of life. I warmly recommend it.
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|Listening Length||4 hours and 11 minutes|
|Author||Dale Ralph Davis|
|Audible.com Release Date||April 24, 2020|
|Publisher||Christian Focus Publications|
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Reviewed in the United States on August 1, 2020
The author’s books are always riveting. I’m glad to see now three of his commentaries on the Psalms. Although I’ve studied the Psalms for many years—always with a commentary in hand—I’ve learned much by means of the author’s book. I also recommend his other OT commentaries.
Reviewed in the United States on November 16, 2015
Like all of Dale Ralph Davis' books this is a treasure. I only wish he would have done all the Psalms. His writing and, therefore, teaching is always exemplary. He has a wonderful way of bringing things out of Scripture that, no matter how many times I may have read it, I always learn something new. That's the sign of a good teacher. He also has stories that relate to the point he's making and it helps you remember what he's teaching. The chapters are short so that you can easily study "a Psalm a day" with no difficulty. His writing and teaching are down-to-earth and very easy to understand. A great teaching tool.
Reviewed in the United States on February 26, 2019
A bit thinner than some of Davis' books - these expositions were originally sermons preached to members of Davis' congregation. Nevertheless, as always, there are great things in the mix and it's a little book well worth re-reading. In fact I've already read some sections twice.
Reviewed in the United States on June 11, 2015
Dale Ralph Davis books seems to always get great reviews, especially his Focus on the Bible series but those aren't currently on Kindle so I thought I'd try this one. I wasn't particularly interested in Psalms, I was more interested in checking out the author. I enjoyed it, he took me step by step offering a practical explanation why the first few Psalms are organized the way they are. For me, the teaching was sound and offered interesting illustrations. I now wish his Focus on the Bible was on Kindle.
Reviewed in the United States on January 20, 2018
There are some points of disagreement with pastor Davis, but I love his depth of passion and knowledge. I used this book both for personal devotions and for men's breakfast fellowship discussions. I like how he replaced LORD with Yahweh in the translation but wish that he was more Christocentric in his hermeneutic (a point he expresses departure from in the preface).
Reviewed in the United States on February 25, 2013
Dale Ralph Davis has given us yet another wonderful expository commentary, this time on the first twelve psalms. This short book gives a pithy analysis of each psalm interspersed with wonderful illustrations (often drawn from American history) and searching application. Davis has been an Old Testament professor and so his interpretations are carefully nuanced. He has also been a pastor and so his books are informed by careful observation of human nature. But above all he is a believer whose exposition of Scripture always leads to the Lord Jesus Christ and his grace, which alone can save us and lead us in the paths of godly living. My one gripe with this book is that it only covers twelve of the psalms. When are we going to be blessed with books on the remaining 138?
Reviewed in the United States on July 9, 2015
Davis is a master of dressing ancient truths in modern garb. I've read most of his published works, and there's a freshness in all if them that makes his writings not only enjoyable but impactful. Thankful for authors of this caliber!
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Wonderful series of expositionsReviewed in the United Kingdom on January 12, 2018
Davis has a great gift of being able to make God's word come alive to the reader. This series of expositions is vivid and enjoyable and will make for excellent devotional thoughts. I would have liked to see a more canonical/messianic approach to these Psalms but nevertheless, he always points the reader to Christ in some way.
Great bookReviewed in the United Kingdom on July 19, 2018
Great book. Tremendous value.
helpfulReviewed in the United Kingdom on February 28, 2015
Collections of sermons on the first 12 Psalms. Very helpful book that helps you see Gods faithfulness and plan for salvation. Lots of great analogies and explanations of scripture.
The Psalms perfect for our daily living!Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 1, 2017
Wonderful text. So thankful to be able to share this with others.