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English 2 Lesson 15: How important is the concept of historical sanctions in the Psalms?

The importance of the concept of historical sanctions in the psalms is to obtain obedience and faith. All good work is done through God if you believe and have faith in him. He’s with you in all things, whether you’re going through a hard time or if you’re having a very good day. The writers of the Psalms want you to understand the grave importance of their words. They say do not fall under the eye’s of sin and do not follow those unworthy ones and of evil intent.  There’s a threatened penalty or consequence for disobeying a law or rule, and they are created by God. Psalms weren’t seen as some pretty words written on paper, they were viewed as beautiful poetry, also songs to sing. Psalms could also be a learned lesson and something to give faith to.

David, one of the well known writers of psalms, made each of his psalms filled with knowledge, wisdom, and made them meaningful in different ways. He also composed, played, and sung some of the songs written in the book of Psalms. He was an inspirational and influential man back then. There are many things in Psalms that help us understand things that could help us grow mentally. For example, you should let your close related people or parents help you take some of the burden your carrying in life and they will help guide you in the right direction. The concept of historical sanctions is very important in the book of Psalms because, a lot of poems in Psalms is a sin that David had made and fixing them by giving his faith and loyalty to God in his everyday life. These teachings are an example of sanctions.

There’s a verse that also explains the concept of historical sanctions in the Psalms. The versus 2:10-12, “Therefore, you kings, be wise be warned, you rulers of the earth, Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling. Kiss his son, or he will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction for his wrath can flare up in a moment.  Blessed are all who take refuge in him.” The way I view this verse, so this verse is saying the kings are warned and are to be wise. The ruler of the earth meaning the ruler in a city. The king has to be wise in order to make the right decisions, to be able to make sure his people have everything they need, teach generations to come after him. The king is also warned, in my thinking, due to lack of wisdom. It’s pretty ironic, but not all rulers have the wisdom to do what’s right, they then become selfish and greedy.

That’s why the kings are warned, because if they don’t do their job then, someone else that has the wisdom will take over. The verse also states that for a king to be righteous he has to fear the lord, for example having a fear to commit sin. To celebrate he shall tremble, is basically the same thing as fearing the lord. Kiss his son or you’ll be guided in the path of destruction. That phrase tells us that if you don’t obey God or his son and the laws he has given, then your life won’t end well and he will turn away from you. Finally, the verse blessed are the ones who take refuge in him. That means (how I think of it) that if you obey God, his son, and his laws and truly live by them then you will be graced by God and he’ll reward you.

In conclusion I believe the examples I have given and other Psalms describe the importance of historical sanctions in the Book of Psalms. That’s all for this essay, that was a lot of information, but I hope you learn something from it. Have a great rest of your day!

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