This study of the Psalter should give you the tools to read, study, and apply the Psalms to everyday life. We will look at the nature of Biblical poetry and the story line of the book. In that way, you should see the context, the individual psalms and even the individual lines of poetry as part of a unified whole.
I. The book of Psalms
a. Introductionb. The Psalms as Scripturec. The Psalms as poetry
II. The Psalter – a random collection or a book.
a. The story lineb. Evidence for intentional editing (collecting into a unified story)c. Psalm 1 & 2 as introduction
i. The blessed life
1. Psalm 12. Psalm 2
ii. The guarantee of the blessed lifeiii. Themes in Psalm 1 & 2
III. Structure of the book
a. High level overviewb. A bit more detail.
IV. Psalm 3, a transition from the ideal to the real
a. Connection to Psalm 1 & 2b. The headingc. Poetic elementsd. Singing the psalme. Other application