“Delightful and Pastoral”. These are the words you will be thinking when you finish “The Message of Psalms 1-72” by Michael Wilcock, as it is one of the most well written books on the Psalms that I have had the privilege of reading. This book is parts of the ever-growing series called “The Bible Speaks Today”, produced by IVP Academic. “The Bible Speaks Today” is a thoroughly Evangelical series which serves as an introduction as well as practicality explaining the book of Psalms through a thoroughly Evangelical perspective.
In the introduction, with regard to the dating of Psalms, Wilcock argues well for an early date while, briefly, against critical arguments for older dating. His arguments systematically destroy any critical arguments that have been put forth to this time. His arguments are up today and even focus on the most critical and modern viewpoints, even ones that have just recently been published.
Wilcock is a excellent exegete specifically and when it comes to the Pentateuch, it shines in this volume. Wilcock makes sure that the reader is getting an important look into the culture of the day and its influence on the text. Through this process Wilcock brings about conclusions which are gold for any pastor preaching exegetically through the book of Psalms.
Through exegeting the first 72 Psalms, Wilcock demonstrates why he is a great Old Testament scholar of the modern age, which makes this introduction to the book of Psalms 1-72 a must-read by pastors preaching or Layman teaching through first 72 Psalms either in the Pulpit or in the Sunday School room. I highly recommend this volume as an aid in either of these circumstances.
This book was provided to me free of charge from IVP Academic in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.