The author in part one, “Our relationship with God”, deals with four Psalms, and in part two, “The fruits of this relationship” deals with nine Psalms.
We all want to find true happiness in this life, but do we know where true happiness is to be found? Richard Phillips believes the book of Psalms has the answer to this pressing question. Beginning with “The way of Blessing” set out in Psalm 1, he then takes us on a tour of twelve choice Psalms, drawing out many practical lessons aimed at encouraging those who would be better disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ. Other chapters include “How to praise the Lord” (Psalm 103), “How to pray” (Psalm 5), “From fear to faith” (Psalm 56), “Pathway to joy” (Psalm 16) and “Spiritual recovery” (Psalm 73).
Each Psalm has seven or eight discussion questions for private or group study to help emphasize the truths already dealt with.
I knew by the time I had reached page three that this was a new Banner of Truth paperback worth reading. Phillips asks penetrating questions and always points his readers to Christ
Here is an extract from chapter 12: “A heart for God”, Psalm 84.
“Have you ever noticed how easy it is for birds and animals to find a satisfying home in this world? The creatures are able to have their ‘highest aspirations’ fulfilled in the things of this present life — food, shelter, companionship. You see a dog resting on a rug, a cat preening in the shade, birds settled in the eaves of the temple courts. But not so man! The animals attain a contentment far beyond what humans can get from this world Surely our restlessness is explained by our spiritual constitution which is suited only for a higher realm than this temporal one.
That is why the Levite pines for God when he is separated from the Old Testament temple. He, like us, has a God-shaped hole in his heart; he can only be fulfilled by the presence of God.
Only through trusting in God can a man or woman settle, as a bird does in its nest. The Christian has found himself, his identity, his purpose, his home, because he has found it all in Christ his Saviour.”