A part of the Truth Commentary series, The Book of Psalms (Volume 1), by Evan and Marie Blackmore, examines Psalms 1-72. The book of Psalms is like no other Bible book. It is not only for reading, but for singing (Col. 3:16). It is also the largest collection of God-given prayer material. This commentary, designed for practical use, gives special attention to psalm singing and the use of psalm material in prayer. Each psalm is introduced by a simple summary. Detailed questions of interest to readers or singers are then considered, as well as issues particularly relevant for song leaders and songbook compilers.
Evan Blackmore has been preaching in Australia for forty years. He and his wife Marie have published about twenty books, including the volume on Leviticus in this series, as well as Between Malachi and Jesus and Let Us Search Our Ways (both for DeWard Publishing Company).
Truth Commentaries: The Book of Psalms (Volume 1) begins with a Table of Contents, a list of Abbreviations and Other Symbols, a List of Illustrations, an Introduction, and Preliminary Notes.
Chapter 1 focuses on The Subjects of the Psalms. Chapter 2 focuses on Christ in the Psalms. Chapter 3 focuses on “I” and “We” in the Psalms. Chapter 4 focuses on “Thou” and “You” in the Psalms. Chapter 5 focuses on The Enemies in the Psalms. Chapter 6 focuses on Names of the Book. Chapter 7 focuses on Patterns in the Psalms. Chapter 8 focuses on Text and Translations. Chapter 9 focuses on Chapter and Verse Divisions. Chapter 10 focuses on The Inscriptions to the Psalms. Chapter 11 focuses on Authorship. Chapter 12 focuses on the question of Date. Chapter 13 focuses on Inspiration. Chapter 14 focuses on The Use of the Psalms Under the New Covenant. Chapter 15 focuses on Structure. Chapter 16 focuses on Outline.
The core of the book, which focus on the text of Psalms 1-72, is subdivided as follows: Prologue (Pss. 1-2), Part One (Pss. 3-41), and Part Two (Pss. 42-72).
The end of the book contains supplemental materials: Appendix I focuses on Response Words in the Psalms (Hallelujah, Selah, and Amen). Appendix II focuses on Special Terms in the Psalm Inscriptions. Appendix III focuses on Superscribed and Subscribed Psalm Inscriptions. Appendix IV focuses on Instrumental Music in the Psalms. Appendix V focuses on Resources for Singing the Psalms. Appendix VI focuses on Systems for Singing or Praying the Psalms Regularly. Appendix VII focuses on References to the Psalms in the New Testament Scriptures. It concludes with a Bibliography.