The Hebrew Bible is divided into three parts; the Law, the Prophets, and the Writings. The Psalms begin the third division. In the complete Bible, the Psalms are the central part. Every type of human experience is covered within those pages, chosen to be included by the Holy Spirit. In fact, the Psalms were written by many different authors, among them are praise, prayers, descriptions, and prophecy, written by king David, Asaph, the children of Korah, one by Moses, perhaps two by king Solomon, and many with no name attached.
The Psalms are helpful in times of sorrow. They are comforting. They produce deep devotion, worship, and dependence on God. Strikingly, though written in a seemingly haphazard non-chronological order over a period of at least 1000 years B.C., the entire set of 150 poems is arranged and divided into 5 books, each corresponding in theme with the books of the Torah (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, & Deuteronomy).
The Psalms provide an (a surprising amount to me) amount of prophetic content. In the course of this study, we will try to establish what was the original intent of each chapter/passage, and then where necessary and fitting make proper application. We will seek to avoid making non-contextual based application, even if it contradicts popularly held opinions of the religious. Our purpose is to seek truth. Journey on!