Psalms Volume 2: Finding the Way to Prayer and Praise
In her follow up to Psalms Volume 1: Songs along the Way, Kathleen Nielson offers detailed direction for studying the Psalms and “taking them in deeply.” Volume 2 offers 12 lessons in which Nielson pairs a primary and secondary psalm with similar themes; each lesson covers five aspects of study over as many days.
Day one of each lesson leads us through a contextual study of the primary psalm, with relevant citations from both the Old and New Testaments. Day two focuses on the theme of the psalm, including personal and historical events addressed by the psalmist. Day three invites us to explore a broader picture—the themes and tone of surrounding psalms, how psalms were used in prayer and worship, the importance of structural elements—and to begin to apply their lessons. On day four, Nielson introduces the secondary psalm to examine areas of harmony and disagreement, parallelism and resolution of events or emotions. Day five is the day to “Take It In,” with reflections on the previous days’ study and encouragement to choose verses for memorization.
With ample room to jot notes and reflections, this study sets forth a challenging but achievable method not only for studying the Psalms but also for appreciating their beauty and their message.