2 Peter 1:20-21 – “knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
When you read the Psalms, who is speaking? Well, we know that half of the Psalms were written by David, but other Psalms were written by men like Solomon, Moses and Asaph, and even that guy “Anonymous.”
But when you read the Psalms, you and I need to remember that as these men spoke, the Holy Spirit was speaking through them. Please consider these verses that say that very thing.
- 2 Samuel 23:1-2 – As David called himself the “Sweet Psalmist of Israel,” he added that “the Spirit spoke by me, and His word was on my tongue.”
- Mark 12:36 – When Jesus quoted Psalms 110:1, He said, “David himself, in the Holy Spirit, declared…”
- Acts 1:16,20 – As Peter was talking to the disciples, he quoted the Psalms of David and said, “Which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David” (Psalm 41:9; 69:25; 109:28).
- Acts 4:24-30 – When Peter and John led the disciples in prayer, they quoted the Psalms, specifically Psalm 2. They observed, “through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit…” (Psalm 2).
- Hebrews 3:7 – The Hebrew writer recognized that when he read the Psalms he was listening to the Holy Spirit as noted, “Therefore as the Holy Spirit says…” when he quoted Psalm 95.
Here are a few observations for today as we consider that the Psalms come from the mind and mouth of God.
- Psalms cover all aspects of life and every situation we face in life. God breathed through these men divine guidance for us as we live everyday life.
- If God’s Holy Spirit was in David’s heart and on his tongue when wrote the Psalms, then God’s Holy Spirit will be directing our hearts and tongues as we read it. As we face the variety of trials and circumstances, let’s get the Psalms in our hearts and may it flow from our mouths.
- David and the other Psalmists were used by God as they were in every situation of life. God worked through David to write incredible Psalms as David faced those various circumstances. When David was victorious (Psalm 18) or surrounded by enemies (Psalm 22,59), God wrote Psalms through David. As David mourned for his sins (Psalm 32,38,51), or as he had spiritual victories (Psalm 119:11), God wrote Psalms through him. While David sat in a cave (Psalm 57,142), or in the wilderness (Psalm 63), or in a field meditating about the universe (Psalm 8) or in enemy territory (Psalm 34,56), God wrote amazing Psalms for us through David. At all stages and situations in David’s life, God worked through him and created teaching and encouragement for countless others.