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The Flow of the Psalms

Palmer Robertson. The Flow of the Psalms.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, May 15th, 2015. 304 pp.

Before I read this book I didn’t know what to make of the way the Psalms were laid out which was largely due to my own personal difficulty in discerning the reason for the Psalms’ arrangement.  This book convinced me that there is definitely a flow in the Psalter.  It is packed with a lot of information, that even after I finished reading it I realized I probably have forgotten a lot more than I could remember.  I think it is worth purchasing even as a reference which I plan to use in this manner in the future whenever I study or preach from the Psalms.

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Note: The following are rough notes from the conference.

Mark Dever Shepherds conference

We sometime need to unpack what it means when we say that the bible is true?

Issue: translation, transmission, truth content (teaching)

We want to get to the issue of its teaching

4 questions to help understand God’s Word:

1.) What is God’s Word?

2.) What is God’s word like?

  • True (v.142)
    Good (v.68)
    Ancient (v.152)
    Unchanging (v.160)

Note God’s word is like this because He is like this

To attack the word of God is to attack God

3.) What does God’s word does?
Studying God’s word should not make us morally indifferent
Sir us to holiness? (V.102)
Note if Jesus use the Scripture in temptation why would we think we need it less than Jesus?
Rejoice (v.65)
Understanding (v.105)
Answering prayers (v.66)
Give life!

If God is speaking why would we not read it?

4.) How do we respond?
Obey
Love it (v.148)
Meditate
Trust it (v.42)
Fear (v.120)

This passage is about: Jesus! (Listen to the sermon when it is out and the many verses in Psalm 119 that only Christ could have fulfilled.

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