We start a new series at SOS Church today! We have chosen to call it "Knock Knock" and the entire month of June we will be focusing on prayer. We will study the book of Psalms and I just know that this series will be so great! Here in Zambia we are on our last day of the festival, but I still want to tell you about our new series ;).
The Different Faces of Prayer
The word ”psalm” comes from the Greek word ”psalterion”, an instrument with 10 strings, most likely a sort of harp. In the Hebrew Bible it is called “Tehilim” which means “worship songs”, but also “Tepillot” which straight out means “prayers.” The book of Psalms is exactly what its name says, the book of prayer and worship before all others in our Bible.
Author and date:
Ezra, the scribe, compiled the book of Psalms about 450 B.C. The authors are otherwise many, both well known and less known Biblical characters from many different times. 73 prayers and/or worship songs are written by King David. Psalms are also written by the sons of Asaph and Korah. These were most likely compiled during the reformation of King Hezekiah. Many Psalms are “fatherless”, as the Jews say, which means that the authors are anonymous and we don’t know who they are.
Content and Purpose:
The Psalms put words on what we are going through and teach us that it is ok to cry, rejoice, dance and complain when we spend time with God. The Psalms reflect both the heart of God and man, completely honest, naked and without masks. So, the Psalms don’t just have a spiritual content, but people pour out their soul without limits before God. The authors accuse, are heartbroken and cry out their despair without filter, and it actually seems as this is the way it should be, or it wouldn’t be included in our Bibles.
Here are a few examples of different kinds of prayers and worship:
1) Prophetic Messianic (Jesus) Psalms, 2, 8, 16, 22, 23, 24, 40,
47, 69, 72, 89, 96, 110, 145
2) Psalms that teach: 74, 78, 89
3) Psalms of prayer: 5, 59, 83
4) Psalms of complaint: 10, 44, 74
5) Psalms of repentance: 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, 143
6) Psalms of comfort: 3, 4, 57
7) Psalms of praise: 103, 104, 113, 135
The book of Psalms was the song book in the temple and the synagogue in old Israel. The Psalms have been used by Jews and Christians as a personal book of prayer for thousands of years. Jesus sang “the worship song” with His disciples the last night they were together when He established Communion. They simply put a melody to Psalm 115-118. The book of Psalms is the book of comfort and power that gives new courage to finish the race.
Now I am gonna prepare for our last festival night! Pray for us! If you are in Stockholm, welcome to our Celebration at Norra Latin at 4 pm!