A Commentary for worship, devotion and reflection on the Psalter.
The Old Testament Psalter testifies both to the universal human condition and the redemption wrought for believers in the person and work of Christ. In The Psalms: Jesus's Prayer Book, longtime pastor and seminary professor Doug Webster distills ancient and modern scholarship on the Psalms into theological, canonical, apostolic, linguistic, and pastoral edification to students of Psalter. By focusing on both the most consequential and the less developed aspects of Psalm studies, Webster shows how living a Christ-centered life goes hand in hand with digesting the Psalms as a complete collection prefiguring Christ.
The volumes of The Psalms follow the internal divisions Psalms presents:
Volume 1 (Book I of the Psalms)
Volume 2 (Book II)
Volume 3 (Book III-IV)
Volume 4 (Book V)
Designed with preachers and teachers in mind, The Psalms strikes a middle ground between a technical commentary and a book of sermons. Webster offers pastoral insight in both interpretation and application of the Psalms for worship, unveiling purpose and significance for worship, devotion, and reflection.
"By combining his spiritual words with the Spirit-inspired psalms he transforms the believer's life into the image of the Lord Jesus Christ of whom the psalms speak. Here is a book that readily provides rich spiritual material for personal and pastoral application."
--Bruce K. Waltke, Distinguished professor of Old Testament, Knox Theological Seminary, Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies, Regent College, Vancouver
"This commentary takes a special place among the commentaries on the Psalter because, unlike so many others, Webster does not read them independently of Christ nor as a mere footnote. By taking the hand of the Carpenter's Son, he guides you through the Psalms."
--Kenneth Mathews, professor of Old Testament, Beeson Divinity School
"Using the image of the ocean's untamable power and beautiful complexity to describe the book of Psalms, Doug Webster leads us on a voyage of prayer, discipleship, and spiritual discovery."
--Rebecca Poe Hays, Ph.D., assistant professor of Christian Scriptures Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, George W. Truett Theological Seminary
Douglas D. Webster (Ph.D., University of St. Michael’s College) is professor of pastoral theology and preaching at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University. He served as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of San Diego for fourteen years as well as churches in New York City, Denver, and Toronto. His other books include, Follow the Lamb: A Pastoral Approach to The Revelation and Preaching Hebrews: The End of Religion and Faithfulness to the End. Find him at douglasdwebster.com.