My Come, Follow Me studies for this week took me to Psalms 1-2; 8; 19-33; 40; 46. The title of the lesson was “The Lord Is My Shepherd.” The lesson was introduced as follows:
We don’t know for certain who wrote the Psalms. Some have been attributed to King David, but for most of them, the writers remain anonymous. Yet after reading the Psalms, we may feel as if we know the hearts of the Psalmists, even if we don’t know their names. What we do know is that the Psalms were an important part of worship among the Israelites, and we know that the Savior quoted them often. In the Psalms, we get a window into the soul of God’s ancient people. We see how they felt about God, what they worried about, and how they found peace. As believers today, all over the world, we still use these words in our worship of God. The writers of the Psalms seem to have had a window into souls and seem to have found a way to express how we feel about God, what we worry about, and how we find peace.
As usual, the lesson taught several principles. The principle for this discussion is “The Psalms point our minds to the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.” Some of the Psalms point to the mortal life of Jesus Christ, and the relationships were noticed by Christians in New Testament times. Here is a comparison between Psalms 2 and 22 with some New Testament scriptures.
PSALM 2:2-3, 7
3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
7 I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou God, which hast made heaven, and , and the sea, and all that in them is:
Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?
The of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.
For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast , both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,
For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.
And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,
By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.
A messianic psalm of David—He foretells events in the Messiah’s life—The Messiah will say, My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?—They will pierce His hands and feet—He will yet govern among all nations. To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David.
And they him, and , casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.
And sitting down they watched him there;
And set up over his head his accusation written, .
Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.
And they that passed by him, wagging their heads,
And saying, Thou that destroyest the , and buildest in three days, save thyself. If thou be the , come down from the cross.
Likewise also the chief priests mocking with the scribes and elders, said,
He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.
He in God; let him him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the .
The thieves also, which were crucified with him, the same in his teeth.
Now from the sixth hour there was over all the land unto the ninth hour.
And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, God, my God, why hast thou me?
Then Jesus, Father, them; for they know not what . And they parted his , and cast lots.
And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the of God.
Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout.
They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.
If you were a Jew in the time of Jesus and were familiar with the Psalms, how would you view the connections between Psalms and what you were seeing? For me, the connection would be a confirming voice that Jesus really was the Son of God.