I want to start this paper out with a Scriptural reference, not one from the Psalms, but from King David who is credited with writing many of these beautiful hymn-like sonnets of praise.
2 Samuel 7:18 says, “Then King David went in and sat before the LORD and said, “Who am I, O Lord GOD, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?” This is a question which is answered throughout the Bible, but nowhere more clearly than in the wisdom of the Psalms.
The Psalms are the sweet verses composed in bygone ages in which King David and the Choirmasters composed music unto the Lord. This is the pinnacle of all music and worship. Each one of the individual 150 Psalms is crafted to bring the utmost glory, honor, and praise to God on High, on His Holy Hill. This music is that which is sweeter than all else. The music of the people of God going through broken heartedness/lament, anger/imprecatory psalms, and many more. Estes comments, The Psalms show a proper view of how man is to relate to God. We cry out as His children in all circumstances and make known our problems or joys to the Father above who loves and cares for us.
We understand God best when we look at His works. The Psalms show how God is the Lord of Hosts. This indicates that the Lord is the one who fights. We see that this God, the only God, is with us (Psalm 46). He is fighting not only for us, but the Psalms say, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1).” He strengthens us and covers us with protection. In Psalm 23, David refers to the Lord as a Shepherd. A shepherd is not only there to fight when things are tough, but walks with His sheep through all times of life.
From The LORD of Hosts who breaks spears and bends His bow in war to the Shepherd who lays us down by the still waters. We see the relationship between the Imago Dei and us is that of submittance to Him and trusting He will provide. This allows us to run to our Father whether it is in sorrow, anger, joy, or any emotion we may have. To understand just how much like a Father Yahweh is we can read of His mighty works in the Psalms, and see how man has no part unless it is given to him.
Not only do we see the person of God in the Psalms, but we see the attributes of Him on high. Psalm 29:11 says, “May the LORD give strength to His people! May the LORD bless His people with peace!” This speaks about the power of God and the relationship that man has with his Divine Creator. The wisdom of the Lord is far more vast than any could ever fathom, but the person of God is full of love, compassion, anger, and holiness. The Psalms show how we approach and beseech God and rely on Him.
This paper was originally written by me for a class (B01) at the Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.