In the inspired poems of the Psalms, we find the full range of human emotions laid bare before the heart of God—and in settings familiar to our experience. The Psalms are songs that God himself teaches us to sing: songs of joy, songs of pain, songs of fear, and songs of faith.
Pastor-theologian Richard D. Phillips provides thoughtful, devotional commentary on the psalms of Book 2 (Psalms 42–72), which is distinctive for its variety of authors. He shows that in the spiritual walk of faith, these psalmists take believers by the hand and guide us in our communion with God, pointing always to Christ.
As are all Reformed Expository Commentaries, this book is accessible to both pastors and lay readers. Each volume in the series gives careful attention to the biblical text, is doctrinally Reformed, focuses on Christ through the lens of redemptive history, and applies the Bible to our contemporary setting.
Richard D. Phillips (MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary) is the senior minister of Second Presbyterian Church of Greenville, South Carolina. He is a council member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, chairman of the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology, and coeditor of the Reformed Expository Commentary series.
“In his exposition of Psalms 42–72, Phillips carefully explains the details of the Psalms in concise and clear language and consistently bridges the distance between the then of the ancient poems and the now of current life. Laypeople will benefit as they read the commentary with their Bibles open, and pastors will be instructed in how to turn their exegesis into meaningful sermons for their congregations.”
—Michael Barrett, VP for Academic Affairs/Academic Dean, Professor of Old Testament, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
“Both informative to the mind and encouraging to the soul, Richard Phillips’s sermonic commentary leads the believer through valley and mountaintop to discover that wherever we are, our faithful God is there with us and will minister to our every need.”
—Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
“Richard Phillips has provided an excellent expositional commentary on the second book of the Psalter, Psalms 42–72. It is theologically rich and robust, and will be of great use to pastors as they prepare their sermons on this part of the Psalms. I am especially pleased with how the author looked toward Christ through these psalms.”
—John D. Currid, Chancellor’s Professor of Old Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary
“Pastor Richard Phillips will open your eyes to the bright and dark hues of Psalms 42–72: confusion over God’s silence as evil prevails, appeal for God’s wrath to obliterate the defiant, protestations of righteousness, brokenhearted repentance, celebration of the King’s coming. . . . Best of all, along paths that fit these psalms’ diverse themes and moods, he leads us to Christ—his humble suffering, his just wrath, his overflowing grace, his incomparable majesty.”
—Dennis E. Johnson, Professor Emeritus of Practical Theology, Westminster Seminary California