About the book of Psalm

Titles, Summaries, and Commentary.

Summary of Psalm

Psalms is the Book of Praises. The worship hymnal for the Scriptures contains 150 songs of praise and worship for the glory of the Lord. This worship is grounded in the character of God, and the greatness of His work. The doctrinal content of Psalms demonstrates the reality of the Old Testament Christian Way of Life on a very practical level. Old Testament believers weren’t simply followers of an external ritual, but partakers of an internal relationship with the Lord their God. The psalms were written over nearly a 1000 year period of time. During that time, groups of psalms were recognized as inspired Scripture, and collected together. Ultimately, 5 Books of Psalms were united in their present form.

What does Psalm mean?

The English word “psalm” comes from the Greek psalmos: a striking, or twanging, of a stringed instrument, and Psalmoi is the title in the Septuagint. The Hebrew title is Tehilliym: praises.

Who wrote Psalm?

David is the author of at least half (75) of the Psalms. He is attributed in the prescripts to 73 psalms (Ps. 3-9, 11-32, 34-41, 51-65, 68-70, 86, 101, 103, 108-110, 122, 124, 131, 133, & 138-145). Additionally, Acts 4:25 credits David with the un-attributed Psalm 2, and Heb. 4:7 credits David with the un-attributed Psalm 95. Twelve psalms were written by David’s musician-priest, Asaph (Ps. 50, 73-83). Ten psalms were written by the Levitical choir, the sons of Korah (Ps. 42, 44-49, 84, 85, 87). Solomon wrote two psalms (Ps. 72, 127). Heman (Ps. 88), Ethan (Ps. 89), and Moses (Ps. 90) wrote one psalm each. Of the 50 un-attributed Psalms, at least two were David’s (see above), and perhaps a number of others were as well. Also, the scribe-priest Ezra is traditionally accepted as the author of the later, post-exilic psalms, and the final compiler of the entire collection.

Psalm Chapter Titles

1 - The Blessed Man2 - The King Rejected but Coming to Reign3 - A Psalm in Distress4 - Prayer in Trouble5 - Sharing God's Attitude Toward Sin6 - Praying in Deepest Distress7 - The Slandered Saint Psalm8 - The Son of Man Reigning9 - Praise for Righteous Judgment10 - A Psalm Concerning the Wicked11 - The Psalm of the Steadfast12 - Liars Against the Truth13 - The "How Long" Psalm14 - The Psalm of the Fool15 - The Regenerate Described16 - Death and Resurrection17 - A Prayer of David Against the Wicked18 - David's Psalm of Deliverance19 - The Witness of Creation and Revelation20 - A Psalm for a Day of Trouble21 - Victorious King Psalm22 - The Good Shepherd (Crucified)23 - The Great Shepherd (Risen)24 - The Chief Shepherd (Coming)25 - Trust in the Midst of Trouble26 - How to Avoid Backsliding27 - One Desire in Time of Trouble28 - A Cry for Judgment29 - The Judgment Storm30 - A Psalm of Dedication31 - A Psalm of Trouble and Trust32 - David's Testimony of Confession33 - Praise for Creation, Providence, Grace34 - Appreciation for Deliverance35 - A Prayer for Intercessors36 - Wicked Way and God's Way Contrasted37 - "Fret Not" Psalm38 - David, Out of Fellowship, In at End39 - Prayer for Wisdom40 - The Obedience of Christ, New Song41 - Prophesied Betrayal by Judas42 - "Hope Thou in God" Psalm43 - Enemies Bug Me44 - Undeserved Suffering45 - Royal Wedding Psalm46 - Triumph in the Great Tribulation Period47 - The Lord Reigning48 - Jerusalem49 - The Folly of Unbelief50 - The Nature of True Worship51 - David's Sin Acknowledged52 - "Green Olive Tree" Psalm53 - The Psalm of the Fool (Same as Psalm 14)54 - "Mine Helper" Psalm55 - Escape From Tribulation56 - A Prayer of the Hunted One57 - Refuge in Trouble58 - Imprecatory Psalm59 - Prayer for Deliverance and Judgment60 - Through Defeat to Victory61 - Refuge in the Rock62 - Confidence in God the Rock63 - "Most Beautiful" Psalm64 - Wicked vs. the Righteous65 - Thanksgiving Psalm66 - Worthy Worship Psalm67 - Future Kingdom Blessing68 - Victorious Procession of God69 - The Sufferings of Christ70 - Memorial Psalm71 - Aged Saint Psalm72 - King and the Kingdom73 - Envious at the Prosperity of the Wicked74 - The Enemy in Possession75 - The Lord's Cup of Judgment
76 - When God Reigns in Zion77 - The Troubled Saint78 - The History of God's Grace With Israel79 - A Prayer With Jerusalem in Ruins!80 - Christ, the Strong Man81 - God Bares the Heart82 - God is the Judge83 - Afflicted to Learn!84 - "Sons of Grace" Psalm85 - "Revival Prayer" Psalm86 - Poor and Needy Prayer87 - A Song of Zion88 - "Deepest Distress" Psalm89 - "Davidic Covenant" Psalm90 - The Psalm of Death (First Adam)91 - The Psalm of Life (Last Adam)92 - Sabbath Palm (of rest)93 - The King and His Throne94 - A Prayer for Vengeance95 - A Psalm of Praise and Warning96 - Praise and Testimony in View of the Second Advent97 - "The Lord Reigneth" Psalm98 - A New Song of Victory99 - Righteous Judgment & Trembling100 - The Old Hundreth (Thanksgiving)101 - The King and His Subjects102 - A Prayer in Humiliation103 - "Bless the Lord, O My Soul" Psalm104 - The Praise of His Works105 - Israel's History & God's Mercy106 - Israel's Failure & God's Grace107 - Thanksgiving for Affliction108 - Praise for Victory109 - "Satanic Power" Psalm110 - Christ as King and Priest111 - "Reverend is His Name" Psalm112 - God's Plan is Greater than the Pressures of Life113 - From Dunghill to Ruler114 - When Israel Went Out of Egypt115 - God Compared With Idols116 - "Dying Grace" Psalm117 - The Shortest Psalm (praise)118 - The Exalted Christ119 - "The Word of God" Psalm120 - Prayer Against a Lying Tongue121 - The Traveler's Psalm122 - Jerusalem and Peace123 - Waiting in Faith124 - Lord on our Side125 - Security for the Trusting126 - A Psalm of Freedom127 - Safety in the Lord128 - Earthly Blessings129 - Comfort in Affliction130 - Who Shall Stand?131 - Childlike Trust132 - Davidic Covenant Psalm133 - A Psalm of Fellowship134 - Worship at Night135 - Priestly Praise Psalm136 - His Mercy Endureth Forever137 - Babylon Captivity Weeping138 - "Magnified Thy Word Above Thy Name" Psalm139 - Spiritual Life Psalm140 - Opposition from Evil141 - "Guard My Speech" Psalm142 - The Prisoner's Psalm143 - A Prayer for Mercy in Persecution144 - Military Strength Psalm145 - Pure Praise Psalm146 - Praise and Trust147 - Praise for God's Grace to Israel148 - Praise from all Creation149 - A New Song of Praise150 - Praise Ye the Lord

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