Psalmsforweb 

Yesterday we looked at how the Psalms were a collection of 150 blogs, prayers, poems, songs used by the nation of Israel in corporate worship and over the years as a means of spiritual direction for many.  There is evidence all through this collection indicating that it is not a random gathering but a very intentional gathering together of these 150.  The development of five books is evidence enough let alone the numerous collecting of similar psalms and putting them together in the Psalter.

It comes as no surprise then that Psalm 1 and 2 have a unique role to play.  Eugene Peterson says, "they are pre-prayer, getting us ready, making us adequate for prayer" (Answering God).  They serve like a great gate into the act of worship.  One one side, Psalm 1 tells us that the condition of our lives in worship must be that of absolute delight and meditation on God's law (his word).  I find it interesting that a book of prayer and worship does not specifically address such at the beginning.  Instead the editors of this amazing book of poetry start with words of wisdom.  It is as if they are saying, "if you want to know how to truly worship God start with an absolute love for his word, words that reflect who he truly is".  That is worthy of meditation.  On the other, Psalm 2 "introduces us to the role of the king, who as God's 'anointed one' and 'son' . . .  is Yahweh's protector of his people" (Fee and Stuart, How to Read the Bible Book by Book, 132). 

In one dramatic moment of placing these two psalms at the beginning of the psalter the ancient musicians teach us the key to worship of God our king.  Delight and meditate on his word and discover your freedom in the Messiah. 

We can't love God without loving his word.  We can't worship God without doing it through the Messiah!