#454 Timeless Truths of The Psalms
Matthew 1:1, II Samuel 7:11-17, Romans 1:1-4, Matthew 22:15-18, 41-46,
Psalm 110:1-7, Psalm 111, Psalm 112, Psalm 113, Psalm 71:1-24, Psalm 72:1-20
In The Companion Bible of E.W. Bullinger, he teaches that The Psalms consist of five distinct books which correspond with the first five books of Moses, Genesis through Deuteronomy. Bullinger presents many details and Scriptural truths showing how these five sections of the Psalms connect with the five books of Moses. I would like to summarize for you some of the extensive instruction that Bullinger gives in his Bible of these five divisions in the book of The Psalms.
The Five Books
Book One: Psalm 1 to Psalm 41 - God’s Instruction Concerning Man
The subject matter corresponds with Genesis.
All blessings from God to man bound up in obedience. Adam’s disobedience brought ruin, and the ruin is only repaired by the ‘son of man', the seed of the woman, in his atoning work.
This first book concludes with a benediction and a double Amen:
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting.
Amen and Amen. PSALM 41:13
Book Two: Psalm 42 to Psalm 72 - God’s Instruction Concerning the Covenant Nation (Israel)
The subject matter corresponds with Exodus.
This book begins with Israel’s cry for deliverance and ends with Israel’s king reigning over the redeemed nation.
This second book concludes with a benediction and a double Amen:
Blessed be His glorious name for ever, and let the whole earth be filled with His glory.
Amen and Amen. PSALM 72:19
Book Three: Psalm 73 to Psalm 89 - God’s Instruction Concerning the Sanctuary
The subject matter corresponds with Leviticus.
This instruction is regarding both the Sanctuary in its relation to man, and the Sanctuary in relation to the Lord God. Also, in this third book the Sanctuary, the congregation, the assembly or Zion are referred to in nearly every Psalm.
This third book concludes with a benediction and a double Amen:
Blessed be the Lord for evermore.
Amen and Amen. PSALM 89:52
Book Four: Psalm 90 to Psalm 106 - God’s Instruction Concerning All Nations of the Earth
The subject matter corresponds with Numbers.
This book teaches that there is no hope or rest for the earth apart from the Lord God.
This fourth book concludes with a benediction and Amen, Halleluiah:
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting.
Let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the Lord. PSALM 106:48
Book Five: Psalm 107 to Psalm 150 - God’s Instruction Concerning The Word of God
The subject matter corresponds with Deuteronomy.
This book consists almost wholly of the testimonies, statutes, judgments, etc., of the Lord God. All blessings for Man, for Israel, for the Earth and All Nations are bound up in The Word of God.
This fifth book concludes with five Psalms, one for each of the five books.
Each of these five Psalms begins with and ends with ‘Halleluiah’.
Here is the fifth of these concluding five, the final Psalm of all The Psalms:
Praise ye the Lord.
Praise God in His sanctuary, praise Him in the firmament of His power.
Praise Him for His mighty acts, praise Him according to His excellent greatness.
Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet, praise Him with the psaltery and harp.
Praise Him with the timbrel and dance, praise Him with stringed instruments and organs.
Praise Him upon the loud cymbals, praise Him upon the high-sounding cymbals.
Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord.
Praise ye the Lord. PSALM 150:1-6
In The Companion Bible, Bullinger also gives an extensive outline and structure of Book One through Book Five of The Psalms. Here are the primary elements of his outline:
Book One: Psalms 1 to 41 (Genesis)
I. Psalms 1 thru 8: ‘Man’ and ‘The Son of Man’
II. Psalms 9 thru 15: ‘The Man of the Earth’ (The Man of Sin)
III. Psalms 16 thru 41: ‘The Man Christ Jesus’
Book Two: Psalms 42 to 72 (Exodus)
I. Psalms 42 thru 49: Israel’s Need for Redemption
II. Psalms 50 thru 60: Israel’s Redeemer
III. Psalms 61 thru 72: Israel’s Redemption
Book Three: Psalms 73 to 89 (Leviticus)
I. Psalms 73 thru 83: The Sanctuary in Relation to Man
II. Psalms 84 thru 89: The Sanctuary in Relation to the Lord God
Book Four: Psalms 90 to 106 (Numbers)
I. Psalms 90 thru 94: Rest for the Earth and All Nations Desired
II. Psalms 95 thru 100: Rest for the Earth and All Nations Anticipated
III. Psalms 101 thru 106: Rest for the Earth and All Nations Celebrated
Book Five: Psalms 107 to 150 (Deuteronomy)
I. Psalms 107 thru 118: Deliverance by the Healing Word of God
II. Psalms 119 thru 150: Quickening and Sustaining by the Revealed Word of God