Wednesday Giveaway – The Essential Bible Companion to the Psalms

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0310286891 8 Who is like you, LORD God Almighty?
   You, LORD, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you.

 9 You rule over the surging sea;
   when its waves mount up, you still them.
10 You crushed Rahab like one of the slain;
   with your strong arm you scattered your enemies.
11 The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth;
   you founded the world and all that is in it.Psalm 89

Beautiful and evocative, these are the words that come to mind as I read this Psalm. Other Psalms though are joyous, or pained, or even angry. Singing of the Creator and his creation might resonate with us, but what do we do when the Psalmist is crying out for God's wrath on his enemies? How should we read, and apply, the Psalter?

These are questions that Brian Webster and David Beach wrestle with in today’s featured giveaway, The Essential Bible Companion to the Psalms.

The video below gives an excellent overview of this book, and is very much worth watching. There will be two copies given out, and the giveaway will run through Thursday afternoon. To enter post below with the reference to your favorite Psalm, and (if you want) tell us why!

  • drew 8 years ago

    Psalms 1-2, because they’re meant to be read together.

  • Ryan 8 years ago

    Psalm 25, it’s a guide for daily living in itself!

  • Robert Martin 8 years ago

    Psalm 22 is my favorite because it is both an expression to God of those gut feelings of “My life is HELL! Where are you, God?” as well as a hope for the future that God IS there.

    Why? 4 years ago I went through an intense 3 months of hell on earth dealing with a sudden illness of my mother that ended up taking her life. This Psalm was the perfect expression of what I felt during that time.

  • Scott Shaffer 8 years ago

    Psalm 119 because it displays the majesty, goodness, and benefits of God’s word.

  • Jonathan Ammon 8 years ago

    My favorite Psalm would probably vary over time, but Psalm 85 would always be up there. The cry of my heart is “won’t You revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You.”

  • Timothy 8 years ago

    My favorite Psalm is 119. What a beautiful poem about God’s word! 24 sets of 8 verses with the beginning of each starting with the corresponding letter of the Hebrew alphabet. An amazing testimony to the authority and inspiration of Scripture!

  • Dan Brubacher 8 years ago

    Psalm 46

  • John 8 years ago

    Psalm 119, because it so wonderfully and eloquently, sums up what our attitude should be towards scripture.

  • Jason Bunch 8 years ago

    My favorite Psalm is the first one. I just have always loved the comparison between the wicked and the righteous. It makes me realize just how black and white things really are. Don’t get lost in the middle. You can’t be neutral when it comes to following God.

  • Tim Corbeau 8 years ago

    Ps 119 is one of my favorite, because God used it to direct me when I was looking for direction. It is one of my best experience of meditating the Bible.

  • Dru Johnson 8 years ago

    Psalms 49-50, because they are about listening well!

  • Jeff Doles 8 years ago

    One of my favorite psalms is 87, because of God’s great desire for the nations.

  • Lucas Harriman 8 years ago

    Probably 36 at this point because of all the strong metaphors for the Lord’s characteristics.

  • Br Kelly 8 years ago

    Psalm 27
    Verse 4 expresses a vision for life that is truly exquisite: “to behold the beauty of YHWH and to meditate in His Temple”

  • Paul A. Nierengarten 8 years ago

    I enjoy Psalm 37:3-4 because it was one of the memory verses used my spiritual formation class at the start of my master’s, which brings reminds me of the reason for my hope. As I go through trials and persevere to please God, I get my own desires met: which is joy in Christ our Lord.

  • Eddie Gonzalez 8 years ago

    I echo the earlier mentioned Psalm 1-2. Top notch.

  • Jason D. 8 years ago

    Love Psalm 73… I can relate to the struggle of the Psalmist in that one in particular.

  • Jim Shemaria 8 years ago

    If I say ‘Psalm 40 because I like the U2 song’ am I automatically disqualified?

  • JasonS 8 years ago

    Ps 116:1-8 because it records one calling on God in distress and getting gracious help.

  • Jeff Co 8 years ago

    Psalm 1

  • Chris 8 years ago

    Psalm 100 and 101.

  • Luke M 8 years ago

    Psalm 8 because it talks about the role of humanity and gives insight into Genesis 1

  • Nate Oliver 8 years ago

    Psalm 107, I love to see the Lord’s unfailing love in many different circumstances to those who call upon Him.

  • Leslie S. 8 years ago

    Do I have to pick just one? I love Psalm 19. It reminds me that even though following God’s commands is difficult that his laws are perfect and right and in following them is great reward.

  • Jason Gudim 8 years ago

    Psalm 121. Got me through a tough time in college by reminding me that God is in control.

  • J.D. Partlow 8 years ago

    The 42nd and 43rd Psalms

  • Josh G 8 years ago

    Psalm 51. I love the cleansing and restoration theme.

  • Daniel Doleys 8 years ago

    Ps 68, YHWH as Divine Warrior winning the victory for his people.

  • Todd 8 years ago

    psalm 127 — a wonderful reminder of our complete dependence upon God.

  • BradK 8 years ago

    My choice of favorite tends to vary, but I’ll say Psalm 51 is up there.

  • Rick 8 years ago

    Psalm 19 with emphasis on verse 7
    “The law of the Lord is perfect,
    reviving the soul.”

    This one verse reminds me of how essential
    it is to not simply read the Bible but to live by it daily.

  • Kevin Stern 8 years ago

    Psalm 19–as spectacular as a star-filled sky declares God’s glory, His word eclipses it in perfection.

  • Dave Sugg 8 years ago

    Psalm 150 – God made me, I am His sheep, and He cares for me – therefore I pour forth praise and thanksgiving to Him.

  • Allen Baker 8 years ago

    Psalm 23, because I still remember it from childhood.

  • Andrew Smith 8 years ago

    Psalm 103 – great example of preaching gospel truth to ourselves.

  • Keith 8 years ago

    Psalm 37. It calls attention to the trustworthiness of God, and the wisdom of trusting him.

  • Carl 8 years ago

    Psalm 121 – there is a song my wife sings to our children based on this psalm

  • Paul Warren 8 years ago

    Psalm 42 “as the deer pants for water, so my soul pants after you.”
    Every time I meditate on this psalm I ask myself, How thirsty is my soul for God? Do I really pant after Him? The psalm declares that I will have my thirst quenched by the Spirit, this is indeed a praise point. Oh to be that thirsty. Blessings Paul Waren

  • John Fountain 8 years ago

    Either 23 or 51. 23 because it reminds me that I am always in His hands, 51 because it reminds me to pursue humility and repentance by His grace.

  • Karen Cassidy 8 years ago

    Psalm 19. So much truth in such a small psalm!

  • Stacey Douglas 8 years ago

    Psalm 73 for its frank struggle with evil and the answer and hope it provides for those who struggle to do what it right.

  • PastorMatt 8 years ago

    Psalm 1

  • Mike Ballai 8 years ago

    I love them all but I have a new fondness for Psalm 84 with my soul longing for the courts of the Lord and a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.

  • Kevin Corbin 8 years ago

    Psalm 119

  • Jeremy Chen 8 years ago

    Psalm 1, because I’ve read it so often

  • Bert de Haan 8 years ago

    To call it my favorite is overstating it. One of the favorites is better.
    Ps 25 especially the prayer for wisdom, verses 4 and 5; show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me…

  • Salvador Gomez 8 years ago

    Psalm 1. It is the perfect introduction to the whole Psalter. The starting blessing is very compelling.

  • Scott Mckenzie 8 years ago

    ps 63:3
    because your steadfast love is better than life,
    my lips will praise you.
    there is no better love than Gods
    there is no one better to praise than Jesus

  • Jim Collins 8 years ago

    Psalm 1

  • jim menzies 8 years ago

    Psalm 23. Traditional, familiar, and a comfort on more than one occasion.

  • Irving Salzman 8 years ago

    I was all set to say Psalms 1-2 because they should really be read and integrated together, and then I noticed Drew had already beat me to the punch. But his priority does not make it any the less true for me. Psalms 1-2 are all about Messiah and form the incredible introduction to what may be the most intensely messianic book of the entire canon – the Psalms.

    I will say that, secondarily, I also like Psalm 106 because the faith theme is so magnificently evident.

  • Brian 8 years ago

    Psalm 1 because it is the pathway to the rest of the Psalms!

  • Harold Simmons 8 years ago

    Psalm 90, because it bears witness to an eternal God.

  • Robert Dunbar 8 years ago

    Psalm 103 here, too, because it begins with a full description of salvation–a “full gospel” message of God’s power.

  • David Rollins 8 years ago

    Psalm 119

  • Byron Musser 8 years ago

    At the moment Psalms 22-24. When I slow down enough I never tire of 23.

  • Jamison Smith 8 years ago

    Psalm 19!

  • Alan Kyle 8 years ago

    Psalm 139 God has encouraged me through this psalm many times when I have had doubts and discouragements in my sevice for Him.

  • Doyle L. Wesley, Jr. 8 years ago

    Psalm 23.

  • Mel Cartera 8 years ago

    Psalm 103

  • Kevin W. Woodruff 8 years ago

    Psalm 73, because of the change of perspective that Psalmist has for the question why do the ungodly prosper and the godly seem to haveproblems

  • Harold Simmons 8 years ago

    Psalm 90 – it speaks to the eternal God and His care for His people

  • Bill 8 years ago

    Psalm 21:6 – It reminds me of the gladness and joy that God gives in His presence. It has always been an encouragement to me.

  • Ronaldo Ghenov 8 years ago

    I’m not sure I have a favorite Psalm: I love the description of God in Psalm 113, I love that David feels so close to the Lord as to pen Psalm 13, I love the description of Torah in 119, I love David’s passion for purity in 139, I love his realization of his lack of it in 51, I love the description of forgiveness in 103…

  • Paul Ortlinghaus 8 years ago

    Psalm 119 – I love all the statements about God’s Word.