David and the Psalms (1 of 5) by Frank Damazio

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David and the Psalms (1 of 5)
Series: Psalms - Desiring God
Frank Damazio

Introduction: The Psalms are a reflection of many historical situations, give expression to a wide variety of experiences, and give voice to the hopes of many generations. The Psalms were written from personal experiences and, by their spirit, embody the circumstances which gave rise to them. The Psalms have played a very significant role in the personal lives of people because people's deepest emotions are verbalized in the Psalms: joy, sorrow, perplexity, cry for justice, worship, brokenness, discouragement, and hope. Some Psalms express great love to God and others great frustration with God.

I. THE HISTORICAL SETTING OF THE PSALMS

A. THE TABERNACLES

1. The Tabernacle of Moses

Exodus 40:20-21 He took the Testimony and put it into the ark, inserted the poles through the rings of the ark, and put the mercy seat on top of the ark. And he brought the ark into the tabernacle, hung up the veil of the covering, and partitioned off the ark of the Testimony, as the Lord had commanded Moses.

Numbers 7:89 Now when Moses went into the tabernacle of meeting to speak with Him, he heard the voice of One speaking to him from above the mercy seat that was on the ark of the Testimony, from between the two cherubim; thus He spoke to him.

a. The Tabernacle of Moses in the wilderness had three parts: the outer court (with the brazen altar and the brazen laver), the holy place (with the candlestick, the table of showbread, and the altar of incense), and the most holy place with the ark of the covenant.

b. The ark of the covenant was the place where God spoke.

c. Entry to the ark of the covenant was subject to strict rituals and guidelines (animal sacrifice, shedding of blood).

2. The Tabernacle of David

1 Chronicles 16:1,4-6 So they brought the ark of God, and set it in the midst of the tabernacle that David had erected for it…. And he appointed some of the Levites to minist ...


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