The Hymns of the Temple
by Matthew L. Bowen
The Psalms, originally written in Hebrew poetry, were the hymns of the ancient Jerusalem temple. Everything in them should be read and reflected upon with that in mind. Additionally, as Latter-day Saints, we are obligated to consider how these texts, within their temple and covenant context, can better connect us to the atonement of Jesus Christ in our time, just as they connected ancient Israelites and Judahites to Jehovah. The Psalms have much to teach us about the nature of God’s redemption and the role of the temple in that redemption.
Psalm 49 – The Price of Redemption, Christ’s Infinite Atonement, and the Temple
In Psalm 49, the futility and folly of earthly riches is expressed in terms of the value of God’s redemption. A key “atonement” term in Psalm 49 is the Hebrew pādâ and its nominal (noun) cognate pidyôn, “ransom” or “redemption”: [Read more…] about Come, Follow Me Week 33 – Psalms 49–51; 61–66; 69–72; 77–78; 85–86