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Understanding the Book of Psalms

Updated on December 14, 2014

Purpose of writing in the book of Psalms

The purpose of writing this book is to provide poetry for the expression of praise, worship , and confession to God.

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Authors in the book of Psalms

David wrote 73 Psalms; Asaph wrote 12 books; the sons of Korah wrote 9; Solomon wrote 2; Heman with the sons of korah, Ethan and Moses each wrote one; and 51 of them are anonymous which is confirmed on my findings. The New Testament ascribes two of the anonymous psalms (Psalms 2 and 95) to David.

King David is supposed to have written some Psalms. As hundred of years went by, other Pslam writers added to his collection.

Date written in the book of Psalms

The date is written between the time of Moses that is approximately 1440 B.C. and the Babylonian captivity in 586 B.C.

For more than 2,000 years , it has been considered one of the finest pieces of writing about the inner life of man.

The Setting

For the most part, the Psalms were not intended to be narrations of the historical events. However, they often parallel events in history, such as David's flight from Saul and his sin with Bathsheba.

Key Verse

There is a key verse in the book of Psalms and that is found in Psalms 150:6 and it says "Let everything that lives sing praises to the Lord! Praise the Lord! "

Key Person

The key person in the book of Psalms is no other than David.

The Key Place

The key place is in God's Holy Temple.

Understand the Book of Psalms

The most awaited part is here in the Old Testament and that is the book of Psalms. This is covered by 150 Chapters.

Psalms is the name of a collection of about 150 Hebrew Religious poems in the Old Testament. They are much like hymns. The ancient Egyptians and Babylonians also wrote beautiful psalms, although Hebrew Psalms are considered the most outstanding.

Psalm 45 is a celebration of a royal marriage.

Psalms 120 and 134 are called the Songs of the Ascents, which is supposed to mean songs sung by Pilgrims as they went up to Jerusalem.

Some of the greater Psalms found in Chapters 8, 19, 23, 24, 27, 46, 51, 65, 72, 90, 103, 107, 121, 139, and 145.

This is great collection of songs and prayers expresses the heart and soul of humanity. In them the human the whole range of experiences is expressed.

The book of Psalms is one of the best-known books in the Bible.

Actual Book of Psalms

This is the Book of Psalms, which is found in the Old Testament. It was Israel's hymnal, containing hymns of praise to God for personal and national salvation, and contains the cries of God's people in difficult situations. The Psalmists looked to Go
This is the Book of Psalms, which is found in the Old Testament. It was Israel's hymnal, containing hymns of praise to God for personal and national salvation, and contains the cries of God's people in difficult situations. The Psalmists looked to Go | Source

Book I

Book I covers Psalms 1:1 up to Psalms 41:13

This collection of Psalms, mainly written by David and the sons of Korah, is similar to the book of Exodus. Just as Exodus describes the nation of Israel, many of these psalms describe the nation as ruined and then recovered.

Book II

Book II covers Psalms 42:1 up to Psalms 72:20

This is mainly written by Asaph's descendants, is similar to the book of Leviticus.

These psalms praise God because he is holy, and his perfect holiness deserves our worship and reverence.

Book III

Book III covers Psalm 73:1 up to Psalm 89:52

These Psalms praise God because he is holy, and his perfect our worship and service.

Book IV

This 4th book covers Psalms 90:1 up to Psalms 106:48.

This collection of Psalms, mainly written by unknown authors, is similar to the book of Numbers. Just as Numbers discusses the relationship of the nation to Israel to surrounding nations, these psalms often mention the relationship of God's overruling Kingdom to the other nations.

Book V

Book Five (V) covers from Psalms 107:1 up to Psalms 150:6.

This collection of Psalms , which is mainly written by David, similar to the book of Deuteronomy. Just as Deuteronomy was concerned with God and his word, these Psalms are the anthems of praise and thanksgiving for God and his word. Most of the Psalms were originally set to music and used in worship. This is a book that is ought to make our heart sings.

The Victorious Christian Life

Every Christian wants to live a victorious Christian life. Although some find it difficult. Today, we will study a passage that shows us how to live and sustain a victorious Christian life.

In the Conclusion, the key to a victorious Christian life is to be in total union with God, letting him be the Lord our lives. And the way to achieve that is to study his word day and night and delight in it.

The supportive verse is found the whole Psalm 1.

Victorious Christian Life

This book is written by Brenda J. Robinson.  We can attain a victorious Christian life by totally surrendering ourselves to Jesus Christ. This can be found in Psalm 1.
This book is written by Brenda J. Robinson. We can attain a victorious Christian life by totally surrendering ourselves to Jesus Christ. This can be found in Psalm 1. | Source

Video coverage in the whole book of Psalms

The Book of Psalms (Hebrew: תְּהִלִּים or תהילים Tehillim meaning "Praises"), commonly referred to simply as Psalms or "the Psalms", is the first book of the Ketuvim ("Writings"), the third section of the Hebrew Bible.[1] The English title is from the Greek translation, ψαλμοί psalmoi, meaning "instrumental music" and, by extension, "the words accompanying the music."[2] There are 150 psalms in the Jewish and Western Christian tradition (more in the Eastern Christian churches), many of them linked to the name of King David, although, his authorship is not accepted by most modern Bible scholars.

Many psalms (116 of the 150) have individual superscriptions (titles), this is ranging from lengthy comments to a single word. Over a third appear to be musical directions, addressed to the "leader" or "choirmaster," including such statements as "with stringed instruments" and "according to lilies." Others will be appear as to be a references to the types of musical composition, such as "A psalm" and "Song," or directions regarding the occasion for using the psalm ("On the dedication of the temple," "For the memorial offering," etc.). Some carry the names of individuals, the most common being David, and thirteen of these relate explicitly to incidents in the king's life.

Seventy-three of the 150 psalms in the Bible are attributed to King David, one of the Dead Sea Scrolls (11QPsa) attributes 3600 tehilim which is the songs of praise plus other compositions to him.[18] Nevertheless, there is no hard evidence for Davidic authorship of any of them.[2] "Davidic authorship is not accepted as historical fact by modern scholars," note Adele Berlin and Marc Vzi Brettler in the Jewish Study Bible, but is seen rather as the way in which the ancients "confirmed the divine inspiration and authority" of the writings by linking them to well-known biblical figures.

Video about the book of Psalms Chapters 1 to 150

Prayer of Repentance

This is a prayer confession by David. After he had committed adultery with Bathsheba, God sent the prophet Nathan to confront him. When David realized how dreadfully he had sinned, he confessed and asked forgiveness from God. This Psalms how deep his repentance was, how he cried out to God, how much he valued the forgiveness o God.

In the conclusion, whenever we sin, our only recourse is to confess and cry out, "Lord, forgive me." No amount of excuses or alibis can ever be acceptable. What our Lord wants is a broken and contrite heart. Then he restores within us joy and a right spirit.

Readers and viewers must take note that they must read the whole Psalm 51.

The supportive verses is found in 2 Samuel 11:1-27 and 2 Samuel 12:1-24.

Reasons to Read Psalms

Readers and viewers must read carefully because there are several Chapters mentioned in order to avoid confusion that will be mentioned below.

When you want to find comfort this is found in Psalm 23.

When you want to find meet God intimately, it is found in Psalm 103.

When you want to understand why you should read the Bible, it is found in Psalm 119.

When you want to please God, it is found in Psalm 15.

When you want to know why you should worship God, it is found in Psalm 104.

God's Great Concern

The Lord is a God of strength , as this song amply demonstrates. Although power doesn't delight him. More than anything he loves to be in a close relationship to people who respond to his love.

The supportive verse is found in Psalms 147:11 and it says "the Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love."

The Book of Psalms

Video of Psalms in King James Version

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