This is part of the Expositor's Bible Commentary, Revised (EBCR) series. Someone made the smart decision of making this Psalms commentary a stand-alone volume instead of combining it with other Biblical books like the other volumes in the series.
But someone made the dubious decision to have the names of the general editors, Tremper Longman III and David E. Garland, appear prominently on the front cover and spine while the author's name, Willem A. VanGemeren, doesn't appear until the back cover, in relatively small print, listed merely as "contributor."
The 51-page introduction ably covers standard topics such as the forms and the formation of the Psalter, composition, structure, literary genre, Psalm titles, and literary approach to the Psalms.
The commentary proper has been designed to be structurally and visually user-friendly. Each Psalm is divided into sections, with each section consisting of four parts: (1) an overview of that section of the Psalm; (2) the Biblical text of the NIV is printed, anywhere from one to several verses (enclosed in grey shading making it stand out); (3) commentary; and (4) translation notes on the NIV text. For those who are used to having the author supplying his or her own translation in the commentary instead of a Bible version such as the NIV, I'd like to suggest that having a familiar Bible version printed when the author is free to comment on the Bible version (confirming, criticizing, or correcting) can be insightful and quite eye-opening at times.
The translation notes on the NIV text also provide a specialized discussion of key words or concepts and you don't have to be a scholar to benefit from them. For example, VanGemeren writes concerning Ps. 16:9 (Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure), "The doctrine of the two aspects of human beings is clearly here. Humans are "body" (bâsâr "flesh") and "spirit" ("heart," "glory")." We are dichotomous, not trichotomous beings, according to VanGemeren.
Sprinkled throughout the commentary are 22 expanded thoughts entitled "Reflections." These insightful teachings cover topics such as The Ways of Wisdom and Folly, The Name of Yahweh, The Word of God, The Perfections of Yahweh, Anger in the Psalms, and Imprecations in the Psalms, among others.
The four best commentaries on the Psalms are: the 3-volume Word Biblical Commentary (WBC) by Craigie, Allen, and Tate; the 3-volume Baker Commentary on the Old Testament (BCOT) by Goldingay; the 2-volume Continental Commentary (CC) by Kraus; and VanGemeren's single-volume EBCR.
I don't know your financial situation, and if you're independently wealthy you can skip this paragraph, but if you're like me, cost is a factor. Craigie/Allen/Tate's WBC retails for $150 ($107 on Amazon). Goldingay's BCOT will set you back $135 ($85 on Amazon). Kraus' CC is $102 ($67 on Amazon). VanGemeren's EBCR at $50 ($35 on Amazon) is a steal.
And although it is a single volume, it certainly is not a featherweight, both figuratively because it packs as good a punch as the competition, and literally because it is 1011 pages long, measures 7 x 9 x 2 inches, and weighs in at a solid 4 pounds.
Longman wrote that if you can have only one work on the Psalms, VanGemeren is it. He is scholarly yet practical and down-to-earth. This is an outstanding commentary and one of the best on this beloved book of the Bible. Highly recommended.