Many have approach the psalms as individual trees within a forest. Examining the beauty and wonder of each type of tree. Few however has argued that the book of Psalm as a whole has a flow and structure to it. O Palmer Robertson believes int the latter, and wants to convince readers about that too as well.
Robertson starts by giving a basic introduction to the book of psalms. Given that this book may be read by readers who are new to psalms, Robertson gives an excellent introduction to the nooks and crannies of the different types of psalms. I have found these introduction to be extremely helpful to anyone who intends to study psalms, and I feel that the introduction is worth the price of the book.
Next Robertson introduces to the reader the Redemptive-Historical Framework of Psalms. This is the first time I’ve read anything like it, and have enjoyed the way Robertson has presented this chapter. As someone who has read through various parts of the psalms, and who holds firmly to the redemptive historical framework of the Bible, I have to say, I have never thought of anything like it. Robertson brings up an excellent picture of how Psalms is able to present the redemptive historical picture to its readers.
The next few chapters then forms the main thesis of the book. Robertson shows how each book within Psalms are connected to each other, and the individual psalms are related within the book. Suffice to say, I’m unable to review all parts of it, you really have to purchase the book to learn from what Robertson has to say.
I have found this book to be very helpful to my own understanding of the Psalms. As Calvin famously said, the book of psalms is ‘the anatomy of all the parts of the soul’. Christians need to be deeply acquainted with the psalms, and this is a great book in aid you in the process. Highly recommended for any christian or pastors who intend to study the book of psalms.
Rating: 5 / 5
Disclaimer: I was given this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
P.S. I would also recommend Heart Aflame: Daily Readings from Calvin on the Psalms as a companion to this book, you can get it here and here (free international shipping).