In Acts 4, Jesus’ fledgling group of followers, the Church, is just beginning to be persecuted. Two leaders, Peter & John, were arresting for healing & preaching in the name of Jesus. After their release they go tell their friends what happened. In light of this, a prayer meeting breaks out.
With the fearful threat of persecution, where does the church find language to pray? The Psalms! While praying, they quote from Psalm 2: “Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord and against his Anointed.”
Psalm 2 gives them confidence that they are allied with “the Lord and his Anointed.” This brings some important questions to mind:
Why did the pressure of persecution prompt them to “lift their voices together” with the words of Psalm 2?
Why was it the knee-jerk reaction of Jesus’ first followers to pour out their hearts through the Psalms?
When the early church was persecuted, why did they turn to the Psalter for support?
The Psalter is the collection of 150 prayers & praises appropriately located at the heart of our Bible. I am convinced that the Psalter is the most important book in the Old Testament (OT).
In the 260 chapters of the NT, the Psalms are used over 400 times!
Why? Because the Psalms show up in the New Testament (NT) more than any other book from the OT. In the 260 chapters of the NT, the Psalms are used over 400 times!