Summary of Psalms

Summary of Psalms

Chapter by Chapter:

Psalms 1-2: The Godly-Ungodly/The Heathen and The Anointed

Psalms 3-4: Salvation is of God/Put Your Trust in God

Psalms 5-6: The Lord Hates “Workers of Iniquity”/David Cries Mercy to God

Psalms 7-8: God is Angry with the Wicked/What is Man? Nothing!

Psalms 9-10: The Righteous in Zion; The Wicked in Hell/The Lord is King Forever and Ever

Psalms 11-14: The Lord Tests the Righteous/Flattering Lips and Tongues/Rejoice in Salvation/The Fool Says: There is NO God!

Psalms 15-16: The Righteous Shall Dwell with God/Fullness of Joy is found with God

Psalms 17-18: The Righteous Shall See God/The Lord is Perfect

Psalms 19-20: God’s Knowledge is Forever/The Lord Saves the Anointed

Psalms 21-22: Evil Designs Shall Fail/The Future Events of Christ

Psalms 23-24: The Lord is my Shepherd/Repent! And Enter into the Kingdom of God

Psalms 25-26: Truth for the Righteousness/Love the Lord’s work

Psalms 27-28: Be of Good Courage/Save the People

Psalms 29-30: Worship the Lord/Thanks unto the Lord

Psalms 31-32: All Ye Saints, Love the Lord/The Lord will Guide Thee

Psalms 33-34: Rejoice in the Lord/Watch What You Say

Psalms 35-36: The Lord will Judge Thee/The Fountain of Life

Psalms 37-38: The Meak Shall Inherit the Earth/Sins are Like a Disease

Psalms 39-40: Control thy Tongue/Thy Lord be magnified

Psalms 41-42: Treachery of Judas Foretold/The Righteous Thirst for God; The wicked say… “Where is thy God?”

Psalms 43-44: Light and Truth/Sheep for the Slaughter

Psalms 45-46: The Messiah Fairer than the Children of Men/“Know that I am God”

Psalms 47-48: Sing with Intelligence/God Never Changes

Psalms 49-50: The Glory of the Rich Man will eventually die/Asaph Speaks of the Second Coming!

Psalms 51-52: David Pleads for Forgiveness/Wicked Tongues

Psalms 53-54: The Fools Say there is NO GOD!/David Pleads to God

Psalms 55-56: David Seeks Protection/The Book of Remembrance

Psalms 57-58; David Pleads for Mercy/The Wicked Speak Lies

Psalms 59-60: Delivered from Enemies/Ephraim… The Head of His People

Psalms 61-62: Shelter in the Lord/God= Rock and Salvation

Psalms 63-64: David “Thirsts” for God/David Prays for Safety

Psalms 65-66: Blessedness of God’s Chosen/God Tests Man

Psalms 67-68: God Judges in Righteousness/JAH

Psalms 69-70: David is Persecuted/Let God be Magnified

Psalms 71-72: Praises of Thanksgiving/Solomon a Type of Christ

Psalms 73-74: God is Good/The Foolish Shall Say: No Prophets

Psalms 75-76: Thank God/God Shall Save the Earth

Psalms 77-78: The Righteous Remember Wonders of God/Israel = Teach the Lords Law

Psalms 79-80: The Heathen Destroy Jerusalem/The Shepherd of Israel

Psalms 81-82: Walk in the Ways of the Lord/Ye are Gods of the Most High

Psalms 83-84: Jehovah Most High over the Earth/Cry unto God

Psalms 85-86: Truth Shall Spring out of the Earth (The Book of Mormon)/Saved from the lowest Hell

Psalms 87-88: The Lord Loves the Gates of Zion/Loving Kindness of the Lord

Psalms 89-90: Christ’s Throne shall be established/Man’s days, compared to God’s

Psalms 91-92: The Lord will deliver/A Song for the Sabbath Day

Psalms 93-94: The Lord is Everlasting/The Lord Shall Judge the Earth

Psalms 95-96: Praise the Lord/The Lord shall Judge His People

Psalms 97-98: The Millennium/Sing unto the Lord

Psalms 99-100: The Lord: Great in Zion/The Psalm of Thanksgiving

Psalms 101-102: Cutting of the “Evildoers”/Zion shall be built when Christ comes

Psalms 103-104: The Lord Shows Mercy/Honor and Majesty of the Lord

Psalms 105-106: The Covenant of Abraham/Moses helped Israel

Psalms 107-108: Oh that man would praise the Lord!/David Praises God

Psalms 109-110: Cursing’s of the wicked/Melchizedek

Psalms 111-112: Fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom/Blessed are them who fear the Lord

Psalms 113-114: Who is like unto the Lord?/The Lord Governs the Sea and the Land

Psalms 115-116: Idols are False Gods/Precious in the eyes of the Lord, the Death of the Saints

Psalms 117-118: The Truth Endureth forever/The Head Stone

Psalms 119:  The Laws of God

Psalms 120-121: I am for Peace, but they want War/The Lord will persevere from evil.

Psalms 122-123: Give Thanks unto Him/Plead for mercy.

Psalms 124-125:  Israel’s Help is the Lord/Trust in the Lord

Psalms 126-127: The Lord is great/Children of God

Psalms 128-129: Walk in the ways of the Lord/Those who are confounded

Psalms 130-131: O, Lord… hear us/Be Like Little Children

Psalms 132-133: The Fruit of David’s Loins/Unity

Psalms 134-135: Bless the Lord & He will do the same/God is Like Man

Psalms 136-137: God of gods, Lord of lords/The Jews Weep

Psalms 138-139: David Praises the Lord/God knows our thoughts and desires

Psalms 140-141: Pray for Deliverance from Enemies/David Pleads with the Lord

Psalms 142-143: David Prays for Help/David prays for Fair Judgment

Psalms 144-145: Happy are those in the Lord/Praise the Lord for His power

Psalms 146-147: Happy are those in the Lord/Praise the Lord for His power

Psalms 148-150: Let All Things Praise God/Praise the Lord

 

What is a PSALM?

A psalm is a religious poem or song set to music. Some of the psalms in the Book of Psalms are hymns to be sung by a congregation.  Some are private prayers, and some are lyrical devices for recalling historical events in Israel’s history. In its current form, the Book of Psalms contains one hundred and fifty individual psalms, although this number may vary in different biblical translations.

The book of Psalms was written by multiple authors; David wrote 73, Asaph wrote 12, the sons of Korah wrote 9, Solomon wrote 3, Ethan, and Moses each wrote one (Psalms 90), and 51 of the Psalms are anonymous.

Traditionally, the psalms were separated into five books, and many poems are further distinguished by brief titles attributing the given work to a specific author, though these titles were probably added at a later date by an editor or group of editors of the psalms. Because the subject matter of the psalms ranges from the events of King David’s dynasty to the exile of the Israelites in Babylon, the poems may have been composed anywhere from the tenth century B.C. to the sixth century B.C. or later. Which is approximately 900 years (Beginning at the time of Moses 1440 B.C. and through the captivity in 586 B.C.).

Many of the psalms rehearse episodes of Israel’s history, especially the story of Israel’s exodus from Egypt and its arrival in the Promised Land. The Psalms include praises of joy, laments, blessings, and thanksgivings. They are directed at God and they help us to express and communicate ourselves to Him. We read about the Psalmist’s emotions from one extreme to another, from praising, delighting in and worshiping God with fervor, to repentance and crying out to Him in despair.

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Psalms 148-150

Psalms 148-150

Chapter 148: Let All Things Praise God

Let all things praise the Lord; men, angels, heavenly bodies, the elements and the earth. For the Lord created all things and deserves the praise from all.

Chapter 149: Praise the Lord

“Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise in the congregation of the saints… Let the saints be joyful in glory.” (Psalms 149: 1,5)

We need to always praise the Lord and those who are part of His true Church ‘the saints’ will be filled with glory.

Chapter 150: Praise God Everywhere

“Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.” (Psalms 150:6) Praise the Lord! Simple, yet true.David prays for Fair Judgment

Psalms 146-147

Psalms 146-147

Chapter 146: Happy are those in the Lord

“Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help…” (Psalms 146:5) Again, we see that those who have the Lord in their lives will ALWAYS be happier than the people who don’t. Simple truth.

Chapter 147: Praise the Lord for His power

The Lord “…healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.” (Psalms 147:3) The Lord’s “…understanding is infinite.” (Psalms 147:5) Therefore He knows how to heal us, He is on our side and with us always.David prays for Fair Judgment

 

Psalms 144-145

Psalms 144-145

Chapter 144: Happy are the People of God

A Psalm of David

                David speaks of how the happiest people are those “…whose God is the Lord.” (Psalms 144:15) The world today is filled with unhappiness and the reason is because people have turned away from the Lord. These people who denounce the Lord and His gospel are the same people complaining about how evil the world is.

Chapter 145: His Kingdom is Everlasting

David’s Psalm of Praise

                The Lord is good to all. His kingdom and His love are eternal. David tells the Lord; “I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works. And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness.” (Psalms 145:5-6)

These two verses remind me of how the world will say you can’t have God in schools, or to take God out of the government… then when school shootings happen or anything similar people ask ‘why can God do such a thing?’ Well God gave us all free will, and with that comes the ability to choose to harm another. The Lord is being pushed out of our lives, and then people ask ‘where is God?’ Well He is THERE, but the people DON’T WANT HIM. It is a very sad world we live in.

 

Psalms 142-143

Psalms 142-143

Chapter 142: David Prays for Help

Maschil of David; A Prayer when he was in the cave

                David prays for preservation from his enemies. “Attend unto my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I.” (Psalms 142:6) Sometimes we are caught in situations where we are unable to help ourselves and our enemies may appear or ARE stronger than us, and in those situations we need to pray for help.

Chapter 143: David prays for Fair Judgment

A Psalm of David

                David prays for favor in the Lord’s judgment. David meditates on the Lord’s marvelous works and he puts his trust in the Lord.

David asks the Lord; “…cause me to know the way wherein I should walk… Teach me to do thy will…” (Psalms 143:8,10)

                We should never trust man; ask God what you should do, not man.

 

Psalms 140-141

Psalms 140-141

Chapter 140: Pray for Deliverance from Enemies

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David

David’s prays for the deliverance from his enemies; “Deliver me, O Lord, from the evil man: preserve me from the violent man; Which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered together for war.” (Psalms 140:1-2)

                This is something that we can all, honestly pray to the Lord. Deliver us from our enemies; this could go beyond people to include our addictions or sins.

David continues “Grant not, O Lord, the desires of the wicked man…” (Psalms 140:8) In a world of ever changing values and constant violence… we can pray for peace and we can pray for the protection of the Lord.

Chapter 141: David Pleads with the Lord

A Psalm of David

David pleads with the Lord for Him to hear his prayers. He tells the Lord; “Let the wicked fall into their own nets…” (Psalms 141:10). We almost don’t need to do anything, and simply let the wicked destroy themselves.

 

Psalms 138-139

Psalms 138-139

Chapter 138: David Praises the Lord

David praises the Lord for His lovingkindness and truth. David tells the Lord, that in “In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul” (Psalms 138:3) Often times we might also feel like we are in trouble, but the Lord will answer our prayers and strengthen us.

Chapter 139: God knows our thoughts and desires

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David

David’s starts this Psalm by addressing an important fact, the Lord knows our thoughts.

“…thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou strandest my thought afar off.” (Psalms 139:1-2) The Lord knows our thoughts and desires; we cannot hide good or evil from Him.

David goes on to mention that having the Lord’s knowledge “…is too wonderful for me, it is high, I cannot attain unto it.” (Psalms 139:6) We cannot understand the Lord’s knowledge in this life, plain and simple.

David mentions that the Lord is so full of love that even when we are in the darkest of situations, the Lord will be there for us. David writes; “…if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there” (Psalms 139:8) We can rest assured that the Lord is with us always, even if we are in times of trouble, or despair… trust in the Lord.

The Psalm ends with something that I really love, and something that I think everyone should have in their heart… “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalms 139:23-24) We should all ask the Lord to search our hearts and see our true desire, even when we do bad and it looks like we have no heart, the Lord can see our true intentions.