Book II is comprised of Psalms 42 through 72. Psalm 2 begins Book I by pointing out the intimate relationship between God and the Davidic king and Psalm 72 ends book II by reinforcing that point. But many of Book II’s psalms are personal laments that anticipate the national crisis which Psalm 89, at the end of Book III, laments. Psalm 51, for example, gives us David’s all too-human confession of sin after committing adultery and engineering his faithful servant Uriah’s death. In other words, these psalms reveal the flawed and broken nature of the Israelites and their Davidic kings that would eventually demand God’s discipline in the exile and Jerusalem’s fall.