My Come, Follow Me studies for this week took me to Psalms 100-150. The lesson manual provided the following introduction to this material.
The traditional Jewish name for the book
of Psalms is a Hebrew word that means “praises.” That word, Tehillim, is
also related to the exclamation “hallelujah” (meaning “praise Jehovah” or “praise
the Lord”). If you had to choose one word to sum up the main message of the Psalms,
“praise” would be a good choice. Some of the Psalms contain the direct invitation
to “praise ye the Lord” (see especially Psalms 146-50), and all of them can
inspire a feeling of worship and praise. The Psalms invite us to reflect on the
Lord’s power, on His mercy, and on the great things He has done. We can never
repay Him for any of this, but we can praise Him for it. That praise may take
different forms for different people – it may involve singing, praying, or
bearing testimony. It often leads to a deeper commitment to the Lord and to
following His teachings. Whatever “praise ye the Lord” means in your life, you
can find more inspiration to do it as you read and ponder the Psalms.
There are numerous principles taught
in the fifty Psalms of this lesson. However, this post will focus on one
principle: “The Psalms can point me to the Savior” as found in Psalms 110 and
118. Here are some teachings found in these two chapters.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God and sits on
the right hand of Heavenly Father.
Psalms 110:1: “The Lord
said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy
Matthew 22:43-44: “He saith
unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, The Lord said
unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy
Jesus Christ is a high priest after the
order of Melchizedek.
Psalms 110:4: “The Lord
hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of
Hebrews 5:4-10: “And no man
taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.
“So also Christ glorified not himself to
be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, today have
I begotten thee.
“As he saith also in another place, Thou
art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
“Who in the days of his flesh, when he had
offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that
was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;
“Though he were a Son, yet learned he
obedience by the things which he suffered;
“And being made perfect, he became the
author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
“Called of God an high priest after the
order of Melchisedec.”
Hebrews 6:20: “Whither the
forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after
the order of Melchisedec.”
Jesus Christ is the chief corner stone.
Psalms 118:20: “The stone
which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.”
Matthew 21:42: “Jesus saith
unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders
rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing,
and it is marvellous in our eyes?”
Acts 4:10-11: “Be it known
unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ
of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth
this man stand here before you whole.
“This is the stone which was set at
nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.”
1 Peter 2:7: “Unto you
therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the
stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner.”
Jesus Christ came in the name of the Lord.
Psalm 118:25-26: “Save now, I
beseech thee, O Lord: O Lord, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.
“Blessed be he that cometh in the name
of the Lord: we have blessed you out of the house of the Lord.”
Matthew 21:9: “And the
multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the
Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the
Psalms point us to Jesus Christ
because they foretold truths about Him. The writer of Psalms was writing about
events in the future, and the writers in the New Testament testify of the
truthfulness of those events. I have given a few of the comparisons between
Psalms and the New Testament. As you study Psalms, look for other passages that
teach you about the Savior.