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Preaching Series on Psalms (5 of 5)
Preaching Series on Psalms Commentary
by Rolf Jacobson
[This is Week 5 of a 5-week preaching series on Psalms.]
Preaching text: Psalm 150; accompanying text: John 4:24-26
A Call to Praise
The Psalter ends with an extended call to praise. The psalm can be considered the exclamation point on the psalter. But the form of the "call to praise" should not be missed. A call to praise is normally one part of the hymn of praise (the other part is the "reason for praise").
Why is it significant that the Psalter ends with an extended all to praise, with no reasons for praise given? Because it means that the Psalter closes by inviting the reader to join in singing the songs of the Psalter -- out there, in daily life, in the real world. In Hebrew, the Book of Psalms is called "Praises." So do the math: the book of "praises" ends by inviting you to join in the praise.
The psalms as a whole are not meant primarily to be sung in worship. Rather, we are invited to come to worship in order that we might sing the songs in daily life. So, when we are wallowing neck deep in the mire of life, ...
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NL276: Preaching Series on Psalms
July 09, 2017
This is the podcast for the Narrative Lectionary's 5-week preaching series on the Psalms (June 11-July 9, 2017), featuring Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Kathryn Schifferdecker, and Craig Koester. Podcast recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn.