Greg Strand is EFCA executive director of theology and credentialing, and he serves on the Board of Ministerial Standing as well as the Spiritual Heritage Committee. He and his family are members of Northfield (Minnesota) EFC.
James Johnston’s The Psalms: Rejoice, the Lord Is King, Volume 1, Psalms 1 to 41, is Crossway’s most recent release in the excellent Preaching the Word series, edited by R. Kent Hughes.
Johnston’s approach to the Psalms – reading, understanding and preaching – is a model of how Christians ought to engage with and respond to this Book. Ultimately we do not respond to the Book but to the One who prayed, lived and fulfilled these Psalms, the Lord Jesus Christ (cf. Lk. 24:25-27, 44).
What a joy it was to write an endorsement for this new work.
James Johnston loves the Lord Jesus Christ. He also loves the Psalms. In fact, his love for the Lord Jesus leads to his love of the Psalms. While being aware of and sensitive to the original historical context of the Psalms as the prayer and songbook of the Jews, Johnston is keenly aware that the Psalms are not an end in themselves as part of the Old Testament canon. There is a Christocentric focus and end to which they point and a Son in whom they find fulfillment. Because of this, Johnston recognizes all the Psalms are Messianic and understood in this way means the Psalms are also the Christian’s prayer, song and life book. Reading this commentary results in the giving of thanks:
Johnston’s excellent commentary is a great addition to the Preaching the Word series. I commend it to you both as an aid to your preaching and also as a companion to your devotional reading and praying of the Psalms.