October 12, 2019 | Discovering the Psalms: The Author’s Perspective (Pt. 1)

Psalms: The Author’s Perspective

We’re starting a new series this week on the book of Psalms. Why do you read the Psalms? Does it give you comfort in times of pain? Or encouragement when someone has wronged you? Most of us use the words in Psalms as a salve to soothe our soul—and there is nothing wrong with that! In this series, we want you to look deeper at this precious book. From a bird’s eye view, we can see the overall pattern the book has and then begin to dig deeper and discover the way the verses and chapters shape this beloved book of the Bible. 

This week Chris will focus on the author’s perspective in the Psalms. We’ll take a look at who the authors were and what the original intent was for their songs and poetry. We’ll see a pattern in the Psalms that we hope will give you a new and deeper perspective of the verses you read during times of rejoicing, heartache, and pain.

30 Days in the Land of the Psalms

By Charles H. Dyer

30 Days in the Land of the Psalms will take you through the land of Israel and give you insight into the psalmists’ points of reference and writing styles to better appreciate this special book of the Bible. Some of the psalms remain “locked” in a sense, containing references to places and objects modern readers have never seen and can’t picture. Charlie Dyer’s book will help give better insight into the backgrounds of the psalms, giving you the ability to better worship God!


Apples of Gold: Not This Time!

In 1981 three of Zvi’s children were serving in the Israeli Defense Force in Lebanon. They called on Zvi to serve also. Being in his fifties and already serving in four previous wars, Zvi declined. While speaking with the military, Zvi reminded them that victory is in the hands of the Lord. He explained his devotion to the Lord and to his country, helping the Israeli officers to know what true believers of Christ were like.

Zvi’s story is available in Elwood McQuaid’s book, “Zvi: The Miraculous Story of Triumph over the Holocaust,” available at our online store.

More stories from Zvi are also available in his book, “The Best of Zvi,” available at our online store.


The Friends of Israel Today and Apples of Gold theme music was composed and performed by Jeremy Strong.

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