September 2, 2015: Daily Bible Reading with Commentary for Psalm 105-107
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Context: The beginning of Psalm 105 was written by David when the ark of the covenant was brought to Jerusalem. It is recorded in 1 Chronicles 16. It tells of the history of Israel. Psalm 106 is also a historical song. Notice that both songs end with the same phrase “Praise the Lord.” No matter what the song of our life, we should all be able to look back and find something for which we can praise the Lord. Psalm 107 begins a new section of the books of Psalm. Psalm 107 looks back as the Israelites prepare to enter the promised land.
World History: Some scholars have attributed the division of Psalms to the first five books of the Bible. Psalms 1-41 deal with themes of creation: the Genesis section. Psalms 42-72 deal with themes of crying out for the Lord: the Exodus section. Psalms 73-89 deal prominently with the Tabernacle: the Leviticus section. Psalms 90-106 reminds us of those who died in desert, never reaching the Promised Land: the Numbers section. Psalms 107-150 shows God’s gracious dealings with His people: the Deuteronomy section.