One of the greatest commentaries on the Psalms was written by Gerald Wilson in the NIV Application commentary, due to his untimely death, a second volume of Pslams has never been published, until now. The first volume covered Psalms 1-72, the second volume covered Psalms 73-150 and is authored by Dennis Tucker and Jamie Grant. These two great scholars had the audacious task of finishing the two volume set which, in its first volume, set the bar so high. While some may not see it as equal to the first, this second volume comes very close.
Although the NIV Application Commentary usually focuses on larger portions of scripture and not exegetically, this volume, just like the other Psalms volume focuses on each Psalm individually. The induction section of this volume takes a somewhat interesting approach to the themes of certain psalms, yet what intrigued me most was the high level of scholarship in the introduction section. This has not always been a bright spot in the series, yet just like it’s predecessor this volume does not shy away from a scholarly discussion into original context and meaning. While I do not agree with all of their conclusions, the argument was interesting and will help in in moving the academic arguments about the Psalms into a more conservative area.With all of this in mind the actual commentary of this volume is what you expect of the NIV Application series, point point exegesis with powerful, preachable application.
This book was provided to me free of charge from Zondervan Academic in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.