Life is a journey over uneven terrain, through changing seasons. Whether we encounter highs or lows, the biblical Psalms stand ready to engage our emotions and clarify our thoughts.
Joy Comes in the Morning introduces us to the three major genres of the Psalms - praise, lament, thanksgiving - as keys to understanding the Psalms and using them in our lives and worship. Woven into the author's discussion of three representative psalms in his own testimony of how, even through trying seasons of life, joy comes in the morning.
Introduces the kinds of Psalms: praise (illustrated by Ps. 104), lament (13), and thanksgiving (30). Shows how the Psalms speak to us in all circumstances. Life is a journey, full of smooth sailing and rocky roads. The Psalms are there for us as we experience life. They can clarify our thinking or release emotions from the deep well of the soul. Joy Comes in the Morning helps readers understand how to utilize the Psalms throughout lifes journey and introduces readers to the concept of genre. Joy Comes in the Morning is a unique combination of head and heart. It introduces readers to the importance of genre as an interpretive tool and demonstrates this for the three major genres in the Psalms. Interwoven with the authors personal testimony, this book also traces the authors journey and shows how no matter lifes circumstances, joy comes in the morning.
Mark D. Futato (MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary; MA, PhD, Semetic Languages and Literature, The Catholic University of America) is Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando campus. He has written widely on creation and the natural world in biblical studies.
For nearly thirty years, Mark Futato has studied, taught and lived the Psalms. Now he distills his multi-faceted knowledge in a wonderfully readable and profound guide to the form, the interpretation and the full meaning of the main genres of the Psalms. This is a clear, deep, and personal introduction to the song book of Israel.
With this book Mark Futato reaffirms his position as a sensitive and insightful interpreter of the Psalms. Mark not only shares his knowledge with us but also his heart and life story. I recommend this book to pastors and laypeople alike.