Psalms: Hymns About Him

The longest book in the Bible is the Psalms with 150 chapters or a collection of 150 hymns and prayers which came together over a thousand year period written by several men known as psalmists. David wrote 73 of the psalms more than the other psalmists. Fifty of the psalms are anonymous.

The Psalms are considered the most famous collection of religious poetry.The Psalms were meant to be sung. They comprise anguish, praise, doubt, thanksgiving, compassion, longing, repentance, and public worship.

The Psalms are just as meaningful today as when they were first written.

The Psalms were a major part of Israel's worship. In our churches we sing a song here and a song there; however, Israel's worship was based on the singing of the Psalms through the worship service.

  1. Psalms is the longest book in the Bible with 150 chapters.
  2. Each psalm can be read independently. It doesn't depend on the preceding psalm and the psalm that follows for you to enjoy and be edified by the particular psalm you are reading.
  3. Psalm 1 is the introductory psalm.
  4. Psalm 150 is the concluding psalm.
  5. The Psalms are divided into five books ending with a doxology.
  6. Psalm 150 is a doxology ending all five books. A doxology is a short hymn of praise consisting of creation, praise, God, eternal language and ends in "Amen."
  7. The word "selah" appears in some of the psalms and shoul not be read aloud in corporate worship.
  8. The Psalms do not rhyme like in some songs or poems.
  9. Psalms 146-150 are called Hallelujah or Praise Psalms because the first and last line of each psalm is "Praise ye the Lord."
  10. Many psalms address particular concerns. For instance, Psalm 4 can be read if one cannot fall asleep at night. Psalm 23 is usually read at funerals for comfort. Psalm 51 is read for repentance over personal sins; Psalm 91 is the Christian's emergency psalm for safety and protection. Psalm 100 for thanksgiving; Psalm 103 for God's benefits; and Psalms 3, 5, 6, 10, 59 are a few of the psalms to read when in trouble.

The Psalms are Hymns about Him. By reading them, you can find comfort about whatever concerns you.

Psalm 117 
Shortest chapter in the Bible 
Psalm 118 
Center chapter in the Bible 
Psalm 119 
Longest chapter in the Bible 
There are 594 chapters before Psalm 118
There are 594 chapters after Psalm 118
Add 594 + 594 =118
Center verse in Bible is Psalm 118:8

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Michael Adams1959 profile image

Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

And what a comfort in times of trouble it is!


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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Michael, thanks for your rapid response. That hub was hot off the press when your comment came in. And yes, the Psalms are a great comfort in the times of need.


stessily 5 years ago

Thank you for writing about this much treasured book in the Bible that pertains to every aspect of life. The timeless wisdom of this book is evinced by its applicability across time and space. The Book of Psalms is a source of comfort and inspiration for me, as well as for many, many others --- yesterday, today, tomorrow. I treasure Psalm 23 as my lifelong companion, but one that I have come to appreciate so much lately is Psalm 8; after my mother passed away, my sister found that it was one of the psalms bookmarked in my mother's Bible. This hub is truly a special treat.


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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

stessily, you seem to know a lot about the Psalms. Psalm 23 is my favorite even though I love a lot of the psalms. I love Psalm 8 as well. I think most people have a favorite that has provided comfort to them in times of trouble.


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK

Beautiful read - I love the Psalms. One can use them for thanksgiving, prayers or even encouragement. I have so many favourites and memorise the verses.

Thanks for this.


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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Lady_E, thanks for reading and responding to my article about the Psalms. I call them HYMNS ABOUT HIM because they all focus on God, and there is a Psalm to fit every need as you have stated.


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FaithDream 5 years ago from (Midwest) USA

Revmjm your articles are always inspiring and informative. I learn a little more with each read. Before my sister in law passed away, I would read the Psalms to her almost nightly. It brought her peace.

They are beautiful and have helped me at times as well.

Thanks for sharing these with us.


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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

FaithDream: You say such kind words that help me stay motivated to continue writing. I love the Psalms. My first sermon was based on Psalm 23. I teach a course about the Psalms. I tell my students that when they don't know what to read in the Bible to default to the Psalms.


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FaithDream 5 years ago from (Midwest) USA

Yes please keep writing rev. You are my sister here and I'm blessed because of your light. We inspire each other. :)


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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

FaithDream: Yes, we do inspire each other. I'll be around for a long time. I have plenty more to share!


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RevLady 5 years ago from Lantana, Florida

Who cannot love the Psalm. It is the soul cry, love and joy of every man in every age to the God of the Ages.

Nice presentation!

Forever His


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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

RevLady, thanks for reading and commenting on my presentation about the Psalms.


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capncrunch 5 years ago from New Orleans

Very nice. I love how the numbers are connected with each other. Thank you for that insight.


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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

capncrunch, I am glad you like the numbers connected with the Psalms. Have you check out my numbers articles? I explained what each number means in the Bible from 1-144,000. Here is the link to the first of the articles and it will direct you to the other articles.

http://hubpages.com/hub/Biblical-Numbers-And-Their...


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

I wish we sang more Psalms in worship. Nothing more powerful and moving than singing His Word.

I enjoyed the Trivia section as well.


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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Tamarajo, I also wish we would sing more of the Psalms in worship.


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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Tamarajo, I also wish we would sing more of the Psalms in worship.


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

revmjm: I have always found great peace reading the Psalms. Tahk you for your invite back to them.


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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Dave, thanks for reading and responding.


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Cheryl J. 5 years ago from Houston, TX

Thanks for enlightening my world with David's beautiful Psalms. A great hub.


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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Cheryl, thanks for reading this article about the Psalms and for responding.


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Betty Johansen 5 years ago

Psalms must surely be one of the favorite books in the Bible. Reading some of the praise/worship psalms is one of the most effective pick-me-ups I know of.

Operation Desert Storm was the first war I experienced where I actually had a close friend involved in combat. I prayed Psalm 91 over him daily. Today he's still alive, still a Marine, and still a proud American.

Thanks for this informative hub about one of the most versatile, exciting books in the Bible.


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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Betty, thanks for sharing your experience about praying Psalm 91 over your close friend. I am glad he's alive today to be a witness to the power of prayer.


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Treasuresofheaven 5 years ago from Michigan

Psalms is usually the first scripture I read in mornings - I love reading Psalms: 1, 23, 34, 91, 37, etc...

Thanks for all the stats.


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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Treasuresofheaven, there is no wonder we are kindred spirits because those are my favorite scriptures from the Psalms as well.

Thanks for sharing what your favorite Psalms are.

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