The Hebrew saints of millenniums past articulated much of their appreciation for Jehovah through psalms. These poetic and often lyrical expressions of praise, extolled not only God’s perfect characteristics, but also highlighted His saving acts in national, church, and personal history. So effective in their teaching are the Psalms that they are the most quoted passages from the Old Testament in the New Testament.
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The Psalms, in a tradition that stretches back to David, contain some of the most significant prophecies of scripture and became the backbone of temple liturgy. In this article, we will explore all these themes and will finish with examples of how the combination of inspired singing and playing continue as important mainstays of the religious life of the Saints today. (Supplement to Gospel Doctrine Lesson 22).
What we call the Old Testament Jesus referred to as “the law and the prophets.” The Lord intends everything in the Old Testament to bring us to Christ. As our goal in life is to “come unto Christ and be perfected in him,” the Old Testament becomes a precious and invaluable guidebook.
The events portrayed in these chapters of 1 Samuel stand as a series of contrasts — and like a diamond photographs more brilliantly against black velvet, so the remarkable friendship of David and Jonathan stands out as a jewel against the dark, jealous rancor of Saul.
The stories of the kings Saul and David have particular significance to Latter-day Saints. Both men were anointed as rulers in the House of Israel, which applies equally to all those who obtain the ordinances of the temple. Once the anointing is received, however, the fulfillment of the promised blessings depends upon strict faithfulness to our covenants.
Within the short space of one chapter, the boy prophet Samuel speaks the phrase “Here am I” five times. Is there something more than meets the eye in his repeated reply? (Supplement to Lesson 21).
As Latter-day Saints we recognize the weaknesses inherent in the people who are called to serve (especially ourselves!) and we know that occasionally there will be those servants who 'feed themselves' rather than the flock, but we also know the God in whom we trust.