The Psalms have been the most loved and inspiring portion of the OT for believers in Jesus since the days of the Lord himself. Their power to give voice to our deepest emotions, ranging from exuberant praise to desperate lament, makes them a powerful force for shaping the lives of God’s people. Your life will be poorer if you do not cultivate a love of the psalms. Your church will miss out if you do not preach them regularly. As the name suggests, the course focuses on interpreting the psalms for the purposes of preaching and teaching them.


By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • demonstrate awareness and understanding of the history and current state of Psalms’ scholarship.
  • engage responsibly and critically with a variety of scholarship on the Book of Psalms.
  • explain how psalms were written, retained, and collected to form the Psalter.
  • describe the message of the Book of Psalms as a compilation.
  • list the major psalm genres and their characteristic features.
  • explain the structure and flow of thought of a psalm based on its genre.
  • appreciate how a psalm’s genre controls its meaning and informs the way it should be preached.
  • interpret the parallelism of biblical poems reliably, demonstrating an appreciation of the artistry and the meaning.
  • interpret the imagery—the use of figurative language—of biblical poems skillfully.
  • explicate a psalm in writing.
  • preach or teach a psalm as Christian Scripture.