Session Notes

What We Will Learn Today

  1. Theology as Doxology
  2. Christ Prays The Penitential Psalms
  3. The Goal of Theology
  4. Psalms as the Prayer Book of Jesus


  1. Martin Franzmann says, “Theology is doxology. Theology must sing,” (Ha! Ha! Among the Trumpets: Sermons by Martin Franzmann, p. 92).
  2. The goal of theology is not to give us a high ecclesiastical IQ. The goal of theology is communion with the Father in the Son and through the Holy Spirit. This communion bears the fruits of praise, prayer, petition, and lament.
  3. No OT book is quoted more in the NT than the Psalms. They are the literal and theological center of the Bible. They have shaped the prayers and songs of believers for centuries.
  4. Although we are accustomed to think of certain psalms as messianic, in reality all 150 are. They are all, in one way or another, the voice of Christ, praying himself or through his body, the church.
  5. Psalms is not like a book of systematic theology. God doesn’t meow philosophically but roars like an untamed Aslan. Praying the Psalms will introduce us to images of God that enlarge our understanding of who he is and what he’ll do for his people.
  6. Two ways of thinking of Christ as the Pray-er of the Psalms
    1. Augustine: What the Head prays, the Body prays. And what the Body prays, the Head prays. Christ and his church pray each psalm together.
    2. Bonhoeffer: Jesus as the representative human prays all psalms before the Father.
  7. Examples of Christ as the One who prays all the psalms.
    1. Psalm 1: Jesus is the “blessed man.”
    2. Psalm 3: David’s sufferings, inflicted upon him from those who were closest to him, provide the template for the sufferings of Christ.
    3. Psalm 8: This psalm about Adam, and all humanity, fits perfectly with the Incarnation of Jesus.
    4. Psalm 41: Christ is the one who confesses sins because he became the cursed one, the one made sin, on our behalf.