The book of Psalms is a book that many people choose to read than any other book in the Bible. When people read the Psalms, many discover that verses from this book are quoted more often in the New Testament, than any other book in the Old Testament. The entire book expresses the various need of the human heart. It’s like a magnet, that attracts iron or steel, simply because it deals with the issues of life. The Psalms talks about love and hate, joys and sorrows, enemies and friends, refuse and strength, salvation and deliverance, righteousness and unrighteousness, and so much more.
This book teaches us how to worship God. Read what the Psalmist said in Psalm 100:2, 4, “Serve the Lord with gladness; come before his presence with singing…Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and bless his name.” Also, David tells us how to magnify the Lord in Psalm 34:1, 3 when he said, “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall be continually in my mouth.” He continued worshiping God saying to those present “O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.” David uttered these words when He ran away from Saul and flees to his archenemy Achish the king in Gath. David pretends to be crazy before the king (1 Samuel 21:10-15).
People from one generation to another read the Psalms for one reason or another. Some people read this book when they are troubled and burden down with problems. Others read it when they want to hear comforting words, from a God who sits high and looks low. Many read the Psalms because they could identify with or link up their present experiences with the past experiences of the Psalmist. For many people, this is a reality because when reading this book to seek for guidance and comfort, deliverance, hope and peace, they discover that the book of Psalms is also a book of Two Ways.
In the Psalms, there is a contrast between, good and evil, trust and disappointments, godliness and ungodliness, obedience and disobedience, righteousness and unrighteousness. Psalm 1 is an example of the Psalms being a book of Two Ways. It tells us in verses 1-3, 4, 6 – “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law, he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. “The ungodly are not so but are like the chaff which the wind drives away; For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”
The Psalms is a book of Two Ways. What path are you taking – the way of the righteous or the way of ungodly?