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Psalms for Exile

October 19, 2008

Check out James Jordan’s Psalms for Exile: The Narrative Progression in the Fifth Book of the Psalter!

My purpose in this brief essay is to consider the narrative progression in the fifth book of the Psalter, Psalms 107-150. We shall see that there is a very good reason why the psalms fall in the order they do, and from this we can uncover the overall story and message of the fifth book of the psalms.

In brief, the order is this: God delivers us, and we praise Him. Then He gives us His law. We respond by going up to Jerusalem for praise. But then we find we are in exile. How can we praise Him in exile, when we can no longer ascend to Jerusalem? The wonderful answer is given, and then we praise Him even more, bringing the book to a close.

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