Psalms and Hymns: Preach the Psalm Headings

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The psalm is a hymn that is sung to an instrument, either a lyre or a psaltery. According to the spiritual or analogical sense, the poem is a contemplation of truth that happens not only in the mind but also in the music as with measured harmony. The psalm denotes actions that are done according to right reason; so as one sings he follows the way of an effective life; he sings who follows a life of contemplation.[1]

Didymus the Blind (ca. 313–398 AD) was an Alexandrian exegete whom Jerome admired. Origen influenced Didymus in his exegesis and theology. Origen interpreted, taught, and preached from the Psalter’s headings.… Continue reading

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The Davidic Odyssey of the Psalter

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I have struggled with my millennial view since I was first saved. Although, when I was saved it was in the context of a dispensational premillennial church, I often found myself agreeing with covenantal thought. Three years ago in Theology IV, I stated in my Application Project, “I am a premillennialist primarily because of the book of Revelation. John penned his gospel so that his readers would believe and have eternal life. John wore his first epistle so that his readers would have assurance in their eternal life. John called his readers to endurance in the book of revelation.” I still think that John’s books should be understood in a thematic development but I am not a premillennialist primarily because of the book of Revelation any longer.… Continue reading

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