Commentary on Psalms 73 – 106
This commentary contains the third and fourth books of the Psalter.
The third book (Psalms 73-89) corresponds to the book of Leviticus. Leviticus is the book of holiness, and Psalm 73 begins with purity of heart. Here, as everywhere else in the Psalter, it can be seen that the external regulations contained in the law are internalized (see also Psalm 40:7-9 and 51:19). In Leviticus, the first 9 chapters reveal the way in which the Israelite could approach God; In the last verse of Psalm 73 there is the sentence: “To draw near to God is my good.”
The fourth book of Psalms begins with the prayer of Moses, the man of God, in which he presents the humbling experiences of Numbers to God. Accordingly, Psalms 90-106 deal with the redeemed as they are tested on their way through the world. In the midst of trials, they have the assurance that the LORD reigns supreme over all hostile forces (Psalm 93) and that He will return and establish His kingdom of righteousness and peace (Psalms 96-100). The redeemed one knows with Moses that the eternal God is his dwelling place (Psalm 90:1). In him he has found the anchor that endures through all the vicissitudes of the wilderness journey, and in the assurance of the consummation of salvation he glorifies the LORD God of Israel (Psalm 106:48).