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Mobile Ed: CM328 Preaching the Psalms (8 hour course - audio)

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Preaching the Psalms (CM328) teaches students how to interpret and preach psalms according to their structure and the larger context of the book of Psalms. The course begins by introducing the mechanics of Hebrew poetry, including parallelism and the use of imagery, and explains how they affect meaning. It considers the book of Psalms as a whole, surveys and illustrates the various categories of psalms, and identifies christological implications of the book. It concludes with a four-step methodology for preaching the psalms and demonstrates implementation of those steps through the study of Psa 29.

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Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: Appreciating the Poetry

  • What Is Hebrew Poetry?
  • Analyzing Cola and Lines
  • Analyzing Strophes
  • Analyzing Stanzas
  • What Is Parallelism?
  • How Does Parallelism Work?
  • Introduction to Poetic Imagery
  • Emotions and the Mind
  • Ancient Imagery
  • Creating Associations
  • Multiple Meanings
  • The Need for Analysis
  • Kinds of Imagery
  • Linear Patterns
  • Parallel Patterns
  • Symmetrical Patterns
  • Mythopoeic Imagery

Unit 2: Viewing the Whole

  • Introduction to Psalms
  • Psalm 1: The Purpose of Psalms
  • The Torahof Moses in Relation to Psalms
  • Torahas Delight
  • Characteristics of a Blessed Person
  • Blessed and Perishing
  • Well-Being in Every Area of Life
  • Holiness and Happiness
  • Holiness and Meditation
  • Holiness in Christ
  • Psalm 2: The Message of Psalms
  • The One Enthroned
  • The Anointed One
  • An Eschatological Reign
  • Suffering and Praise
  • Psalms of Lament
  • Suffering and the Life of Christ
  • Our King Is Coming: Books 1–3
  • Our King Is Coming: Books 4–5

Unit 3: Interpreting the Categories

  • Categories in Music
  • Defining Categories
  • The Importance of Categories
  • Identifying Genre
  • Providing the Context
  • The Basic Categories of Psalms
  • A Hymn: Psalm 117
  • A Lament: Psalm 13
  • A Song of Thanksgiving: Psalm 30
  • A Song of Confidence: Psalm 23
  • Excursus on Counting
  • A Wisdom Psalm: Psalm 1
  • Applying the Categories to Christ

Unit 4: Proclaiming the Psalms

  • Kinds of Sermons
  • Get Oriented: Read in Context
  • Get Oriented: Read in the Context of Categories
  • Get Oriented: Ask Two Questions
  • Focus on the Details
  • Shape Your Presentation
  • Shape Your Presentation: Approaches to Outlining
  • Shape Your Presentation: The Logic of Outlining
  • Shape Your Presentation: Outlining Psalm 13
  • Shape Your Presentation: The Language of Outlining
  • Reflect on the Text and Life
  • A Typical Preaching Week

Unit 5: Practicing the Principles

  • Get Oriented: Read Psalm 29
  • Get Oriented: Psalm 29 in Context
  • Get Oriented: The Category of Kingship Psalms
  • Focus on the Details: Psalm 29:1–2
  • Focus on the Details: Psalm 29:3–9
  • Focus on the Details: The Geography of Psalm 29
  • Focus on the Details: Locating Kadesh
  • Focus on the Details: Psalm 29:10–11
  • Focus on the Details: God’s Blessing
  • Excursus: Psalm 29 as a Canaanite Poem
  • Shape Your Presentation: Overview
  • Shape Your Presentation: Exegetical Outline
  • Shape Your Presentation: Expository Outline
  • Reflect on the Text and Life: Believe, Feel, Do


  • Course Summary and Application

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Mark Futato

Dr. Mark D. Futato joined Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) in 1999, and serves as the Robert L. Maclellan Professor of Old Testament. He teaches core classes on Hebrew and Old Testament books. Dr. Futato served as academic dean of RTS Orlando from 2004 to 2012.

Dr. Futato’s research interests include biblical Hebrew, the book of Psalms, and the role that elements of creation, such as climate and geography, play in Scripture. Dr. Futato has published multiple books on the Psalms, as well as an /Introduction to Biblical Hebrew/. He is currently finishing a commentary on Jonah.

Dr. Futato also served on the translation team for the book of Psalms in the New Living Translation, contributed study notes for Th e ESV Study Bible and The Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible, and contributed to the New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis.

Students appreciate Dr. Futato’s passionate emphasis on God’s desire to bless all nations, his engaging communication style, and his practical application of biblical texts to those who struggle, suffer, and doubt. Dr. Futato and his wife, Adele, have four children: William, Evan, Mark Jr., and Annie.