Songs of a Suffering King: The Grand Christ Hymn of Psalms 1–8  -     By: John V. Fesko
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Songs of a Suffering King: The Grand Christ Hymn of Psalms 1–8

Reformation Heritage Books / 2014 / Paperback

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Reformation Heritage Books
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 1601783108
ISBN-13: 9781601783103

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  1. West Union, OH
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Warm exposition!
    October 13, 2014
    Jimmy Reagan
    West Union, OH
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Great book! A good library will always include several volumes at end of the Psalms section that covers only certain psalms in a group or of a similar nature or themeImprecatory or praise or pilgrim psalms, etc. Perhaps you see fewer volumes on the first eight psalms discussing them as particularly united. Enter now Songs of the Suffering King by J. V. Fesko and published by Reformation Heritage Books.

    Surely Mr. Fesko is right in believing that the Psalms are not in random order, and that Christ is prominent in the Psalms. In saying that the psalms are about Christ, he actually goes so far as to say that Christ is in every Psalm. To my mind, that is harder to prove in some psalms that others. Though Mr. Fesko stretched his theory here and there, this is a warm-hearted volume.

    What you have is thoughtful exposition that will aid you in your own preparations, as well as serve as fine devotional reading. He gives, for example, great insights in Psalm 1 before making it all about Christ. Even in disagreeing that Christ was there as much as he said, I left the chapter enriched. His theory worked better in Psalm 2 and his comments were outstanding there too.

    Psalms 3 and 6 were my favorite of his expositions, but they were all thought provoking. Warmly Recommended!



    I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
  2. Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Underlying premise had problems, but devotional was okay overall
    October 4, 2014
    Debbie from ChristFocus
    Harrison, AR
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    "Songs of a Suffering King" is a devotional-style look at Psalms 1-8. In the actual devotions, he gives a mini-sermon about the psalm and then showed how Jesus ultimately fulfills--and helps us fulfill--the verses.

    I'd agree that you can find parallels between Jesus' life and David's life and that some psalms do have messianic references. However, the author seemed to feel that "righteous" and "blameless" in the Old Testament refer to someone who is sinless. Since only Jesus was sinless and some psalms claim that the speaker is righteous or blameless, the author seems to conclude that only Jesus can ultimately be the one saying the words of all the Psalms. However, several people were called righteous and/or blameless in the Old Testament, including Noah (Genesis 6:9), Job (Job 1) and Abraham (Genesis 15:6). Those words seem to be more about acting out their faith in God and being in right standing with Him than about never sinning.

    The author's approach changed reading the psalms into a deeply theological study. His conclusions sometimes required fancy footwork to make them sound okay. For example, since only Jesus was sinless, only he can pray that his enemies be destroyed--and he only meant the ones who won't repent, of course. In Christ, we are also sinless and so can also pray that our enemies (in general) be judged/destroyed. But I don't think that's what Jesus meant by "love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you" (Matthew 5:44) even with the provisos the author threw in.

    I was in a group that studied through the psalms, and we finally decided that those passages showed how our desire for justice creates a human reaction but we ultimately need to remember God's role and take comfort in His character. I felt like the author's premise almost put the psalms beyond the reach of the layman. While his devotions were decent overall, his underlying premise made the psalms feel less readable rather than more meaningful to me.

    I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.
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