Psalms

Psalms

The meaning of the title Psalms from the Septuagint is “Sacred Songs Sung to Musical Accompaniment”; from the Hebrew title comes “praises. Moses is the Author of Psalm 90, Asaph is the author of Psalms 50, 73-83, Solomon is the author of Psalms 72, 127, Heman is the author of Psalm 88, Ethan is the author of Psalm 89, and David is the author of 73 psalms in total. In addition, 12 psalms are assigned to “The Sons of Korah”. The Book of Psalms is a record of petitions, lamentations, thanksgiving and praise to God by His people. It has brought comfort, encouragement and blessing to God’s people throughout the ages. The purpose of the psalms was well expressed by David when he appointed Levites to institute hymns in Israel to record, thank and praise the LORD GOD of Israel.

Psalm 1

1:1-6 Two ways of life contrasted

Psalm 2

2:1-12 Coronation of the Lord’s Anointed

Psalm 3

3:1-8 A prayer of confidence in God

Psalm 4

4:1-8 Evening prayer for deliverance

Psalm 5

5:1-12 A prayer for protection

Psalm 6

6:1-10 A prayer for mercy

Psalm 7

7:1-17 Wickedness justly rewarded

Psalm 8

8:1-9 God’s glory and man’s honor

Psalm 9

9:1-20 Praise for victory over enemies

Psalm 10

10:1-18 A prayer for the overthrow of the wicked

Psalm 11

11:1-7 “In the Lord put I my trust”

Psalm 12

12:1-8 A plea against the wicked

Psalm 13

13:1-6 How long, O Lord, how long?

Psalm 14

14:1-7 The characteristics of the godless

Psalm 15

15:1-5 The characteristics of the Godly

Psalm 16

16:1-11 Eternal life for one who trusts

Psalm 17

17:1-15 “Hide me under the shadow of thy wings”

Psalm 18

18:1-50 Thanksgiving for deliverance by God

Psalm 19

19:1-14 The works and words of God

Psalm 20

20:1-9 “Some trust in chariots”

Psalm 21

21:1-13 Praise for victory

Psalm 22

22:1-31 A psalm of the cross

Psalm 23

23:1-6 “The Lord is my shepherd”

Psalm 24

24:1-10 The King of Glory

Psalm 25

25:1-22 A prayer for guidance and protection

Psalm 26

26:1-12 “Examine me, O Lord, and prove me”

Psalm 27

27:1-14 “The Lord is my light and my salvation”

Psalm 28

28:1-9 Rejoice because of answered prayer

Psalm 29

29:1-11 The voice of the Lord in the storm

Psalm 30

30:1-12 A thanksgiving for deliverance from death

Psalm 31

31:1-24 “In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust”

Psalm 32

32:1-11 The blessedness of forgiveness

Psalm 33

33:1-22 Praise to the Lord for who He is and does

Psalm 34

34:1-22 The Lord hears the righteous

Psalm 35

35:1-28 A petition for God’s intervention

Psalm 36

36:1-12 The steadfast Love of God

Psalm 37

37:1-40 The true state of the wicked

Psalm 38

38:1-22 The petition of a sick man

Psalm 39

39:1-13 A prayer for self-understanding

Psalm 40

40:1-17 Delight to do God’s will

Psalm 41

41:1-13 Comfort for the forsaken

Psalm 42

42:1-11 An intense longing for God

Psalm 43

43:1-5 A prayer for deliverance from the ungodly

Psalm 44

44:1-26 A nation in distress

Psalm 45

45:1-17 A Psalm for the king’s marriage

Psalm 46

46:1-11 “God is our refuge and strength”

Psalm 47

47:1-9 “God is the King of all the earth”

Psalm 48

48:1-14 “God is our God”

Psalm 49

49:1-20 Trust in God, not wealth

Psalm 50

50:1-23 The Lord shall judge all people

Psalm 51

51:1-19 Confession and forgiveness of sin

Psalm 52

52:1-9 Caution to the prideful wicked

Psalm 53

53:1-6 The foolishness of men

Psalm 54

54:1-7 A prayer for protection

Psalm 55

55:1-23 A cry against deceitful friends

Psalm 56

56:1-13 A confident prayer for help

Psalm 57

57:1-11 Prayers in the midst of perils

Psalm 58

58:1-11 Wicked judges will be judged

Psalm 59

59:1-17 A prayer for deliverance

Psalm 60

60:1-12 A prayer for deliverance of a nation

Psalm 61

61:1-8 A prayer when overwhelmed

Psalm 62

62:1-12 God only is my rock and my salvation

Psalm 63

63:1-11 Thirst for God

Psalm 64

64:1-10 A prayer for God’s protection

Psalm 65

65:1-13 God’s provision through nature

Psalm 66

66:1-20 The great works of God

Psalm 67

67:1-7 God shall govern the earth

Psalm 68

68:1-35 Israel’s triumphant God

Psalm 69

69:1-36 A petition in time of distress

Psalm 70

70:1-5 A prayer for speedy deliverance

Psalm 71

71:1-24 A prayer for help in old age

Psalm 72

72:1-20 The reign of the Messiah

Psalm 73

73:1-28 The perspective of eternity

Psalm 74

74:1-23 A complaint born of faith

Psalm 75

75:1-10 A warning to the wicked

Psalm 76

76:1-12 The glorious might of God

Psalm 77

77:1-20 When overwhelmed, remember God’s greatness

Psalm 78

78:1-72 God’s goodness to Israel in spite of unbelief

Psalm 79

79:1-13 A prayer for destruction of heathen enemies

Psalm 80

80:1-19 A prayer for restoration

Psalm 81

81:1-16 God’s plea for Israel’s obedience

Psalm 82

82:1-8 A prayer for righteous Judgment

Psalm 83

83:1-18 A prayer for destruction of Israel’s enemies

Psalm 84

84:1-12 The Joy of dwelling with God

Psalm 85

85:1-13 A prayer for revival

Psalm 86

86:1-17 “Teach me thy way, O Lord”

Psalm 87

87:1-7 The glories of Zion

Psalm 88

88:1-18 A cry for deliverance from death

Psalm 89

89:1-52 Claiming God’s promises to David

Psalm 90

90:1-17 “Teach us to number our days”

Psalm 91

91:1-16 God is a refuge and a fortress

Psalm 92

92:1-15 Praises for the Lord’s goodness

Psalm 93

93:1-5 The majesty of God

Psalm 94

94:1-23 Vengeance belongs only to God

Psalm 95

95:1-11 A psalm of praise to the great God

Psalm 96

96:1-13 A call to praise God

Psalm 97

97:1-12 The Lord is far above all gods

Psalm 98

98:1-9 Praise to God for his salvation

Psalm 99

99:1-9 God has been faithful

Psalm 100

100:1-5 A call to praise the Lord

Psalm 101

101:1-8 A commitment to holy living

Psalm 102

102:1-28 The prayer of an overwhelmed Saint

Psalm 103

103:1-22 Bless the Lord, all you people

Psalm 104

104:1-35 God’s preservation of nature

Psalm 105

105:1-45 God’s wondrous works in behalf of Israel

Psalm 106

106:1-48 Israel sins against God’s love

Psalm 107

107:1-43 God’s wonderful works to the children of men

Psalm 108

108:1-13 Israel looks to God for help

Psalm 109

109:1-31 A prayer for punishment of the wicked

Psalm 110

110:1-7 The coming of the Priest-King-Judge

Psalm 111

111:1-10 Praise for God’s tender care

Psalm 112

112:1-10 The blessings of those that fear God

Psalm 113

113:1-9 God’s mercies are many

Psalm 114

114:1-8 God’s power demonstrated in the Exodus

Psalm 115

115:1-18 Trust in God, not in idols

Psalm 116

116:1-19 Praise for deliverance from death

Psalm 117

117:1-2 The praise of all nations

Psalm 118

118:1-29 Thanksgiving for the Lord’s salvation

Psalm 119

119:1-176 An acrostic in praise of the Scriptures

Psalm 120

120:1-7 Prayer for deliverance from lying lips

Psalm 121

121:1-8 God’s sustaining power

Psalm 122

122:1-9 “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem”

Psalm 123

123:1-4 Prayer for mercy

Psalm 124

124:1-8 The LORD is on our side

Psalm 125

125:1-5 God surrounds his people

Psalm 126

126:1-6 “Sow in tears…reap in joy”

Psalm 127

127:1-5 Children are God’s heritage

Psalm 128

128:1-6 The rewards of faithfulness

Psalm 129

129:1-8 Plea of the persecuted

Psalm 130

130:1-8 “My soul waiteth for the Lord”

Psalm 131

131:1-3 A psalm of humility

Psalm 132

132:1-18 A prayer for blessing on the sanctuary

Psalm 133

133:1-3 The joy of brotherhood

Psalm 134

134:1-3 An exhortation to praise

Psalm 135

135:1-21 The greatness of the Lord and vanity of idols

Psalm 136

136:1-26 Praise for Lord’s past and present blessings

Psalm 137

137:1-9 The mourning of the exiles in Babylon

Psalm 138

138:1-8 Praising the ways of the Lord

Psalm 139

139:1-24 Living with God

Psalm 140

140:1-13 Prayer for deliverance from evil men

Psalm 141

141:1-10 Deliverance from temptation

Psalm 142

142:1-7 “Thou art my refuge”

Psalm 143

143:1-12 “Teach me to do thy will”

Psalm 144

144:1-15 “I will sing a new song”

Psalm 145

145:1-21 A song of praise

Psalm 146

146:1-10 The blessedness of trusting God

Psalm 147

147:1-20 Praising the God of provision and protection

Psalm 148

148:1-14 All creation to praise the Lord

Psalm 149

149:1-9 A psalm of the Kingdom

Psalm 150

150:1-6 “Praise ye the LORD”