The Bible Book by Book
Name. The Hebrew word means praises or hymns, while the Greek word means psalms. It may well be called the "Hebrew Prayer and Praise Book." The prevailing note is one of praise, though some are sad and plaintive while others are philosophical.

Authors. Of the 150 Psalms, there is no means of determining the authorship of 50. The authors named for others are David, Asaph, the sons of Korah, Herman, Ethan, Moses and Solomon. Of the 100 whose authorship is indicated, David is credited with 73, and in the New Testament he alone is referred to as the author of them. Lu. 20:42.

Relation to the Other Old Testament Books. It has been called the heart of the entire Bible, but its relation to the Old Testament is especially intimate. All divine manifestations are viewed in regard to their bearing on the inner experience. History is interpreted in the light of a passion for truth and righteousness and as showing forth the nearness of our relation to God.

The Subjects of the Psalms. It is very difficult to make any sort of classification of the Psalms and any classification is open to criticism. For this reason many groupings have been suggested. The following, taken from different sources, may be of help. (1) Hymns of praise, 8, 18, 19, 104, 145, 147, etc. (2) National hymns, 105, 106, 114, etc. (3) Temple hymns or hymns for public worship, 15, 24, 87, etc. (4) Hymns relating to trial and calamity, 9, 22, 55, 56, 109, etc. (5) Messianic Psalms, 2,16, 40, 72, 110, etc. (6) Hymns of general religious character, 89, 90, 91, 121, 127, etc.

The following classification has been given in the hope of suggesting the most prominent religious characteristics of the Psalms. (1) Those that recognize the one infinite, all-wise and omnipotent God. (2) Those that recognize the universality of his love and providence and goodness. (3) Those showing abhorrence of all idols and the rejection of all subordinate deities. (4) Those giving prophetic glimpses of the Divine Son and of his redeeming work on earth. (5) Those showing the terrible nature of sin, the divine hatred of it and judgment of God upon sinners. (6) Those teaching the doctrines of forgiveness, divine mercy, and the duty of repentance. (7) Those emphasizing the beauty of holiness, the importance of faith and the soul's privilege of communion with God.


1. Davidic Psalms. 1-41. These are not only ascribed to him but reflect much of his life and faith.

2. Historical Psalms. 42-72.These are ascribed to several authors, those of the sons of Korah being prominent and are especially full of historical facts.

3. Liturgical or Ritualistic Psalms. 73-89.Most of them are ascribed to Asaph and, besides being specially prescribed for worship, they are strongly historical.

4. Other Pre-Captivity Psalms. 90-106.Ten are anonymous, one is Moses' (Ps. 90) and the rest David's. They reflect much of the pre-captivity sentiment and history.

5. Psalms of the Captivity and Return. 107-150. Matters pertaining to the captivity and return to Jerusalem.

For Study and Discussion. (1) On what occasion were the following Palms probably composed: (a) Psalm 3 (2 Sam. 15). (b) Psalm 24 (2 Sam. 6:12-17). (c) Psalm 56 (1 Sam. 21:10-15). (d) Psalms 75 and 76 (2 Kings 19:32-37). (e) Psalm 109 (1 Sam. 22:9-23). (f) Psalm 74 (2 Kings 25:2-18). (g) Psalm 60 (1 Chron. 18:11-13). (2) What is the subject of Psalms 23, 84, 103,133 and 137? (3) What doctrine of the divine character is taught in each of the following Psalms; 8, 19, 33, 46, 93, 115 and 139?

For the Outline Study of the Bible by Books by J.B. TIDELL, A.M., D.D. Professor of Biblical Literature in Baylor University, Waco, Texas
Psalms 1. BOOK 1: Blessed is the man who doesn't walk in the counsel of the wicked

1. The happiness of the godly
4. The unhappiness of the ungodly

Psalms 2. Why do the nations rage, and the peoples plot a vain thing?

1. The kingdom of Christ
10. Kings are exhorted to accept it

Psalms 3. O Lord, how my adversaries have increased!

1. The security of God's protection

Psalms 4. Answer me when I call, God of my righteousness.

1. David prays for audience
2. He reproves and exhorts his enemies
6. Man's happiness is in God's favor

Psalms 5. Give ear to my words, O Lord. Consider my meditation.

1. David prays, and professes his study in prayer
4. God favors not the wicked
7. David, professing his faith, prays to God to guide him
10. to destroy his enemies
11. and to preserve the godly

Psalms 6. O Lord, don't rebuke me in your anger

1. David's complaint in his sickness
8. He triumphs over his enemies

Psalms 7. O Lord, my God, I take refuge in you

1. David prays against the malice of his enemies, professing his innocence
10. By faith he sees his defense, and the destruction of his enemies

Psalms 8. O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth

1. God's glory is magnified by his works, and by his love to man

Psalms 9. I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart

1. David praises God for executing judgment
11. He incites others to praise him
13. He prays that he may have cause to praise him

Psalms 10. Why do you stand far off, O Lord?

1. David complains of the wicked
12. He prays for remedy
16. He professes his confidence

Psalms 11. In the Lord I take refuge

1. David encourages himself in God against his enemies
4. The providence and justice of God

Psalms 12. Help, O Lord; for the godly man ceases

1. David, destitute of human comfort, craves help of God
3. He comforts himself with God's promises, and his judgments on the wicked

Psalms 13. How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?

1. David complains of delay
3. He prays for preventing grace
5. He boasts of divine mercy

Psalms 14. The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God."

1. David describes a natural man
4. He convinces the wicked by the light of their conscience
7. He glories in the salvation of God

Psalms 15. O Lord, who shall dwell in your sanctuary?

1. David describes a citizen of Zion

Psalms 16. Preserve me, God, for in you do I take refuge.

1. David, in distrust of merits, and hatred of idolatry
5. He shows the hope of his calling, of the resurrection, and life everlasting

Psalms 17. Hear, O Lord, my righteous plea; Give ear to my prayer

1. David, in confidence of his integrity, craves defense of God against his enemies
10. He shows their pride, craft, and eagerness
13. He prays against them in confidence of his hope

Psalms 18. I love you, O Lord, my strength.

1. David praises God for his manifold and marvelous blessings

Psalms 19. The heavens declare the glory of God. The expanse shows his handiwork.

1. The creatures show God's glory
7. The excellence of the divine law
12. David prays for grace

Psalms 20. May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble.

1. The church blesses the King in his exploits
7. and expresses her confidence in God's helpfulness

Psalms 21. The king rejoices in your strength, O Lord!

1. A thanksgiving for victory
7. with confidence of further success

Psalms 22. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

1. David complains in great discouragement
9. He prays in great distress
23. He praises God

Psalms 23. The Lord is my shepherd: I shall lack nothing.

1. David's confidence in God's grace

Psalms 24. The earth is the Lord's, with its fullness

1. God's Lordship in the world
3. The citizens of his spiritual kingdom
7. An exhortation to receive him

Psalms 25. To you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.

1. David's confidence in prayer
7. He prays for remission of sins
16. and for help in affliction

Psalms 26. Judge me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity.

1. David resorts to God in confidence of his integrity

Psalms 27. The Lord is my light and my salvation. Whom shall I fear?

1. David sustains his faith by prayer

Psalms 28. To you, O Lord, I call. My rock, don't be deaf to me

1. David prays earnestly against his enemies
6. and for the people

Psalms 29. Ascribe to the Lord, you sons of the mighty

1. David exhorts princes to give glory to God
3. by reason of is power
11. and protection of his people

Psalms 30. I will extol you, O Lord, for you have raised me up

1. David praises God for his deliverance
4. He exhorts others to praise him by example of God's dealings with him

Psalms 31. In you, O Lord, I take refuge. Let me never be disappointed.

1. David, showing his confidence in God, craves his help
7. He rejoices in his mercy
9. He prays in his calamity
19. He praises God for his goodness

Psalms 32. Blessed is he whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

1. Blessedness consists in remission of sins
3. Confession of sins gives ease to the conscience
8. God's promises bring joy

Psalms 33. Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous! Praise is fitting for the upright.

1. God is to be praised for his goodness
6. for his power
12. and for his providence
20. Confidence is to be placed in God

Psalms 34. I will bless the Lord at all times. His praise will always be in my mouth.

1. David praises God, and exhorts others thereto by his experience
8. They are blessed who trust in God
11. He exhorts to the fear of God
15. The privileges of the righteous

Psalms 35. Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with me.

1. David prays for his own safety, and his enemies' confusion
11. He complains of their wrongful dealing
22. Thereby he incites God against them

Psalms 36. There is no fear of God before his eyes.

1. The grievous state of the wicked
8. The excellence of God's mercy
10. David prays for favor to God's children

Psalms 37. Don't fret because of evildoers

1. David persuades to patience and confidence in God,
12. by the different estate of the godly and the wicked

Psalms 38. O Lord, don't rebuke me in your wrath

1. David moves God to take compassion on his pitiful case

Psalms 39. I will watch my ways, so that I don't sin with my tongue.

1. David's care of his thoughts
4. The consideration of the brevity and vanity of life
7. the reverence of God's judgments
10. and prayer, are his bridles of impatience

Psalms 40. I waited patiently for the Lord. He turned to me, and heard my cry.

1. The benefit of confidence in God
6. Obedience is the best sacrifice
11. The sense of David's evils inflames his prayer

Psalms 41. Blessed is he who considers the poor. The Lord will deliver him.

1. The recompense of the charitable
4. David complains of his enemies' treachery
10. He flees to God for helpfulness

Psalms 42. BOOK 2: As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants after you, God.

1. David's zeal to serve God in the temple
5. He encourages his soul to trust in God

Psalms 43. Vindicate me, God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation.

1. David, praying to be restored to the temple, promises to serve God joyfully
5. He encourages his soul to trust in God

Psalms 44. We have heard with our ears, God; our fathers have told us

1. The church, in memory of former favors
7. complains of her present evils
17. professing her integrity,
24. she fervently prays for helpfulness

Psalms 45. My heart overflows with a noble theme

1. The majesty and grace of Christ's kingdom
10. The duty of the church, and the benefits thereof

Psalms 46. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

1. The confidence which the church has in God
8. An exhortation to behold it

Psalms 47. Oh clap your hands, all you nations. Shout to God with the voice of triumph!

1. The nations are exhorted cheerfully to entertain the kingdom of Christ.

Psalms 48. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised

1. The ornaments and privileges of the church

Psalms 49. Hear this, all you peoples. Listen, all you inhabitants of the world,

1. An earnest persuasion to build the faith of resurrection
16. Worldly prosperity is not to be admired

Psalms 50. The Mighty One calls the earth from sunrise to sunset.

1. The majesty of God in the church
5. His order to gather his saints
7. The pleasure of God is not in ceremonies
14. but in sincerity of obedience

Psalms 51. Have mercy on me, God, according to your loving kindness.

1. David prays for remission of sins, whereof he makes a deep confession
6. He prays for sanctification
16. God delights not in sacrifice, but in sincerity
18. He prays for the church

Psalms 52. Why do you boast of mischief, mighty man?

1. David, condemning the spitefulness of Doeg, prophesies his destruction
6. The righteous shall rejoice at it
8. David, upon his confidence in God's mercy, gives thanks

Psalms 53. The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God."

1. David describes the corruption of the natural man
4. He convinces the wicked by the light of their own conscience
6. He glories in the salvation of God

Psalms 54. Save me, God, by your name. Vindicate me in your might.

1. David, complaining of the Ziphims, prays for salvation
4. Upon his confidence in God's help he promises sacrifice

Psalms 55. Listen to my prayer, God. Don't hide yourself from my supplication.

1. David in his prayer complains of his fearful case
9. He prays against his enemies, of whose wickedness and treachery he complains
16. He comforts himself in God's preservation oh him, and confusion of his enemies

Psalms 56. Be merciful to me, God, for man wants to swallow me up.

1. David, praying to God in confidence of his word, complains of his enemies,
9. He professes his confidence in God's word, and promises to praise him

Psalms 57. Be merciful to me, God, be merciful to me, for my soul takes refuge in you.

1. David in prayer fleeing unto God, complains of his dangerous case
7. He encourages himself to praise God

Psalms 58. Do you indeed speak righteousness, silent ones?

1. David reproves wicked judges
3. describes the nature of the wicked
6. devotes them to God's judgments
10. whereat the righteous shall rejoice

Psalms 59. Deliver me from my enemies, my God.

1. David prays to be delivered from his enemies
6. He complains of their cruelty
8. He trusts in god
11. He prays against them
16. He praises God

Psalms 60. God, you have rejected us. You have broken us down.

1. David, complaining to God of former judgment
4. now upon better hope, prays for deliverance
6. Comforting himself in God's promises, he craves that help whereon he trusts

Psalms 61. Hear my cry, God. Listen to my prayer.

1. David flees to God upon his former experience
4. He vows perpetual service unto him, because of his promises

Psalms 62. My soul rests in God alone. My salvation is from him.

1. David, professing his confidence in God, discourages his enemies
5. In the same confidence he encourages the godly
9. No trust is to be put in worldly things
11. Power and mercy belong to God

Psalms 63. God, you are my God. I will earnestly seek you.

1. David's thirst for God
4. His manner of blessing God
9. His confidence of his enemies' destruction, and his own safety

Psalms 64. Hear my voice, God, in my complaint.

1. David prays for deliverance, complaining of his enemies
7. He promises himself to see such an evident destruction of his enemies,
10. as the righteous shall rejoice at it.

Psalms 65. Praise waits for you, God, in Zion. To you shall vows be performed.

1. David praises God for his grace
4. The blessedness of God's chosen by reason of benefits

Psalms 66. Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth!

1. David exhorts to praise God
5. observe his great works
8. to bless him for his gracious benefits
12. He vows for himself reverent service to God
16. He declares God's special goodness to himself

Psalms 67. May God be merciful to us, bless us, and cause his face to shine on us.

1. A prayer for the enlargement of God's kingdom
3. to the joy of the people
6. and the increase of God's blessings

Psalms 68. Let God arise! Let his enemies be scattered!

1. A prayer at the removing of the ark
4. An exhortation to praise God for his mercies
7. for his care of the church
19. for his great works

Psalms 69. Save me, God, for the waters have come up to my neck!

1. David complains of his affliction
13. He prays for deliverance
22. He devotes his enemies to destruction
30. He praises God with thanksgiving

Psalms 70. Hurry, God, to deliver me. Come quickly to help me, O Lord.

1. David solicits God to the speedy destruction of the wicked,
4. and preservation of the godly

Psalms 71. In you, O Lord, I take refuge. Never let me be disappointed.

1. David, in confidence of faith, and experience of God's favor, prays both for himself,
10. and against the enemies of his soul
14. He promises constancy
17. He prays for perseverance
19. He praises God, and promises to do it cheerfully

Psalms 72. God, give the king your justice; your righteousness to the royal son.

1. David, praying for Solomon, shows the goodness and glory of God's kingdom
18. He blessed God

Psalms 73. BOOK 3: Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.

1. The prophet, prevailing in a temptation
2. Shows the occasion thereof, the prosperity of the wicked
13. The wound given thereby, diffidence
15. The victory over it, knowledge of God's purpose.

Psalms 74. God, why have you rejected us forever?

1. The prophet complains of the desolation of the sanctuary
10. He moves God to help in consideration of his power
18. Of his reproachful enemies, or his children and of his covenant.

Psalms 75. We give thanks to you, God. We give thanks, for your Name is near.

1. The prophet praises God
2. He promises to judge uprightly
4. He rebukes the proud by consideration of God's providence
9. He praises God, and promises to execute justice.

Psalms 76. In Judah, God is known. His name is great in Israel.

1. A declaration of God's majesty in the church
11. An exhortation to serve him reverently.

Psalms 77. My cry goes to God! Indeed, I cry to God for help

1. The psalmist shows what fierce combat he had with distrust
10. The victory which he had by consideration of God's great and gracious works.

Psalms 78. Hear my teaching, my people. Turn your ears to the words of my mouth.

1. An exhortation both to learn and to preach, the law of God
9. The story of God's wrath against the incredulous and disobedient
67. The Israelites being rejected, God chose Judah, Zion, and David.

Psalms 79. They have defiled your holy temple. They have laid Jerusalem in heaps.

1. The psalmist complains of the desolation of Jerusalem
8. He prays for deliverance
13. and promises thankfulness

Psalms 80. Hear us, Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock

1. The psalmist in his prayer complains of the miseries of the church
8. God's former favors are turned into judgments
14. He prays for deliverance

Psalms 81. Sing aloud to God, our strength! Make a joyful shout to the God of Jacob!

1. An exhortation to a solemn praising of God
4. God challenges that duty by reason of his benefits
8. God, exhorting to obedience, complains of their disobedience, which proves their own hurt.

Psalms 82. God presides in the great assembly. He judges among the gods.

1. The psalmist, having exhorted the judges
5. And reproved their negligence
8. Prays God to judge

Psalms 83. God, don't keep silent. Don't keep silent, and don't be still, God.

1. A complaint to God of the enemies conspiracies
9. A prayer against those who oppress the Church

Psalms 84. How lovely are your dwellings, O Lord Almighty!

1. The prophet, longing for the communion of the sanctuary
4. Shows how blessed they are that dwell therein
8. He prays to be restored unto it.

Psalms 85. O Lord, you have been favorable to your land.

1. The Psalmist, out of the experience of former mercies, prays for continuance thereof.
8. He promises to wait thereon, out of confidence of God's goodness

Psalms 86. Hear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.

1. David strengthens his prayer by the consciousness of his religion
5. By the goodness and power of God
11. He desires the continuance of former grace
14. Complaining of the proud, he craves some token of God's goodness

Psalms 87. His foundation is in the holy mountains.

1. The nature and glory of the church
4. The increase, honor, and comfort of the members thereof.

Psalms 88. O Lord, the God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before you.

1. A prayer containing a grievous complaint.

Psalms 89. I will sing of the loving kindness of the Lord forever.

1. The psalmist praises God for his covenant
5. For his wonderful power
15. For the care of his church
19. For his favor to the kingdom of David
38. Then complaining of contrary events
46. He expostulates, prays, and blesses God.

Psalms 90. BOOK 4: Lord, you have been our dwelling place for all generations.

1. Moses, setting forth God's providence
3. Complains of human fragility
7. Divine chastisement
10. and brevity of life
12. He prays for the knowledge and sensible experience of God's good providence.

Psalms 91. He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High

1. The state of the godly
3. Their safety
9. Their habitation
11. Their servants
14. Their friend; with the effects of them all.

Psalms 92. It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord

1. The prophet exhorts to praise God
4. For his great works
6. For his judgments on the wicked
10. And for his goodness to the godly.

Psalms 93. The Lord reigns! He is clothed with majesty!

1. The majesty, stability, power, and holiness of Christ's kingdom.

Psalms 94. O Lord, you God to whom vengeance belongs, shine forth.

1. The prophet, calling for justice, complains of tyranny and impiety.
8. He teaches God's providence
12. He shows the blessedness of affliction
16. God is the defender of the afflicted.

Psalms 95. Oh come, let's sing to the Lord. Let's shout aloud to the rock of our salvation!

1. An exhortation to praise God
3. For his greatness
6. And for his goodness
8. And not to tempt him

Psalms 96. Sing to the Lord a new song! Sing to O Lord, all the earth.

1. An exhortation to praise God
4. for his greatness
8. for his kingdom
11. for his general judgment

Psalms 97. The Lord reigns! Let the earth rejoice! Let the multitude of islands be glad!

1. The majesty of God's kingdom
7. The church rejoices at God's judgments upon idolaters
10. An exhortation to godliness and gladness

Psalms 98. Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things!

1. The psalmist exhorts the Jews
4. The Gentiles
7. And all the creatures, to praise God

Psalms 99. The Lord reigns! Let the peoples tremble.

1. The prophet, setting forth the kingdom of God in Zion
5. Exhorts all, by the example of their forefathers, to worship God at his holy hill

Psalms 100. Shout for joy to the Lord, all you lands!

1. An exhortation to praise God, cheerfully
3. For his greatness
4. And for his power

Psalms 101. I will sing of loving kindness and justice.

1. David makes a vow and profession of godliness.

Psalms 102. Hear my prayer, O Lord! Let my cry come to you.

1. The prophet in his prayer makes a grievous complaint.
12. He takes comfort in the eternity, and mercy of God
18. The mercies of God are to be recorded
23. He sustains his weakness by the unchangeableness of God.

Psalms 103. Praise the Lord, my soul! All that is within me, praise his holy name!

1. An exhortation to bless God for his mercy
5. And for the constancy thereof

Psalms 104. Bless the Lord, my soul. O Lord, my God, you are very great.

1. A meditation upon the mighty power
7. And wonderful providence of God
31. God's glory is eternal
33. The prophet vows perpetually to praise God

Psalms 105. Give thanks to the Lord! Call on his name!

1. An exhortation to praise God, and to seek out his works
7. The story of God's providence over Abraham
16. Over Joseph
23. Over Jacob in Egypt
26. Over Moses delivering the Israelites
37. Over the Israelites brought out of Egypt, fed in the desert, and planted in Canaan.

Psalms 106. Praise the Lord! Give thanks to O Lord, for he is good

1. The psalmist exhorts to praise God
4. He prays for pardon of sin, as God pardoned the fathers
7. The story of the people's rebellion, and God's mercy
47. He concludes with prayer and praise

Psalms 107. BOOK 5: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his loving kindness endures forever.

1. The psalmist exhorts the redeemed in praising God to observe his manifold providence
4. Over travelers
10. Over captives
17. Over sick men
23. Over sailors
33. And in diverse varieties of life.

Psalms 108. My heart is steadfast, God. I will sing and I will make music with my soul.

1. David encourages himself to praise God
5. He prays for God's assistance according to his promise
11. His confidence in God's help

Psalms 109. God of my praise, don't remain silent

1. David complains of his slanderous enemies
16. He shows their sin
21. Complaining of his own misery, he prays for help
29. He promises thankfulness

Psalms 110. The Lord says to my Lord, "Sit at my right hand

1. The kingdom
4. The priesthood
5. The conquest
7. And the passion of Christ

Psalms 111. I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart

1. The psalmist by his example incites others to praise God for his glorious
5. And gracious works
10. The fear of God breeds true wisdom

Psalms 112. Blessed is the man who fears the Lord

1. Godliness has the promises of this life
4. And of the life to come
10. The prosperity of the godly shall be an eyesore to the wicked

Psalms 113. Praise, you servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord.

1. An exhortation to praise God for his excellence
6. For his mercy

Psalms 114. When Israel went forth out of Egypt

1. The miracles wrought by God, when he brought his people out of Egypt,
7. are a just ground of fearing him.

Psalms 115. Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory

1. Because God is truly glorious
4. And idols are vanity
9. He exhorts to confidence in God
12. God is to be blessed for his blessing

Psalms 116. I love the Lord, because he listens to my voice, and my cries for mercy.

1. The psalmist professes his love and duty to God for his deliverance
12. He studies to be thankful

Psalms 117. Praise the Lord, all you nations! Extol him, all you peoples!

1. An exhortation to praise God for his mercy and truth

Psalms 118. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his loving kindness endures forever.

1. An exhortation to praise God for his mercy
5. The psalmist by his experience shows how good it is to trust in God
19. Under the type of the psalmist the coming of Christ in his kingdom is expressed

Psalms 119. Blessed are those whose ways are blameless

1. This psalm contains various prayers, praises, and professions of obedience.
2. Aleph.
9. Beth
17. Gimel
25. Daleth
33. He
41. Waw
49. Zayin
57. Heth
65. Teth
73. Yodh
81. Kaph
89. Lamedh
97. Mem
105. Nun
113. Samekh
121. Ayin
129. Pe
137. Tsadhe
145. Qoph
153. Resh
161. Sin and Shin
169. Taw

Psalms 120. In my distress, I cried to the Lord. He answered me.

1. David prays against Doeg
3. Reproves his tongue
5. Complains of his necessary conversation with the wicked

Psalms 121. I will lift up my eyes to the hills. Where does my help come from?

1. The great safety of the godly, who put their trust in God's protection

Psalms 122. I was glad when they said to me, "Let's go to the Lord's house!"

1. David professes his joy for the church
6. And prays for the peace thereof

Psalms 123. To you I do lift up my eyes, you who sit in the heavens.

1. The godly profess their confidence in God
3. And pray to be delivered from contempt

Psalms 124. If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, let Israel now say,

1. The church blesses God for a miraculous deliverance

Psalms 125. Those who trust in the Lord are as Mount Zion, which can't be moved

1. The safety of such as trust in God
4. A prayer for the godly, and against the wicked

Psalms 126. When the Lord brought back those who returned to Zion

1. The church celebrating her incredible return out of captivity
4. Prays for and prophesies the good success thereof

Psalms 127. Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it.

1. The virtue of God's blessing
3. Good children are his gift

Psalms 128. Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways.

1. The various blessings which follow those who fear God

Psalms 129. Many times they have afflicted me from my youth up.

1. An exhortation to praise God for saving Israel in their great afflictions
5. The haters of the church are cursed

Psalms 130. Out of the depths I have cried to you, O Lord.

1. The psalmist professes his hope in prayer
5. And his patience in hope
7. He exhorts Israel to trust in God

Psalms 131. O Lord, my heart isn't haughty, nor my eyes lofty

1. David professing his humility
3. Exhorts Israel to trust in God

Psalms 132. O Lord, remember David and all his affliction,

1. David in his prayer commends unto God the reverent care he had for the ark
8. His prayer at the removing of the ark
11. With a repetition of God's promises

Psalms 133. See how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to live together in unity!

1. The blessedness of unity among brothers

Psalms 134. Look! Praise the Lord, all you servants of the Lord

1. An exhortation to bless God

Psalms 135. Praise the name of the Lord! Praise him, you servants of the Lord

1. An exhortation to praise God for his mercy
5. For his power
8. For his judgments
15. The vanity of idols
19. An exhortation to bless God

Psalms 136. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his loving kindness endures forever.

1. An exhortation to give thanks to God for particular mercies.

Psalms 137. By the rivers of Babylon we sat down, wept, remembered Zion.

1. The constancy of the Jews in captivity
7. The prophet curses Edom and Babel

Psalms 138. I will give you thanks with my whole heart.

1. David praises God for the truth of his word
4. He prophesies that the kings of the earth shall praise God
7. He professes his confidence in God

Psalms 139. O Lord, you have searched me, and you know me.

1. David praises God for his all-seeing providence
17. And for this infinite mercies
19. He defies the wicked
23. He prays for sincerity

Psalms 140. Deliver me, O Lord, from the evil man. Preserve me from the violent man;

1. David prays to be delivered from Saul and Doeg
8. He prays against them
12. He comforts himself by confidence in God

Psalms 141. O Lord, I have called on you. Come to me quickly!

1. David prays that his suit may be acceptable
3. His conscience sincere
7. And his life free from snares

Psalms 142. I cry with my voice to the Lord. With my voice, I ask the Lord for mercy.

1. David shows that in his trouble all his comfort was in prayer unto God

Psalms 143. Hear my prayer, O Lord. Listen to my petitions.

1. David prays for favor in judgment
3. He complains of his grief
5. He strengthens his faith by meditation and prayer
7. He prays for grace
9. For deliverance
10. For sanctification
12. For destruction of his enemies

Psalms 144. Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who teaches my hands to war

1. David blesses God for his mercy both to him and to man
5. He prays that God would powerfully deliver him from his enemies
9. He promises to praise God
11. He prays for the happy state of the kingdom

Psalms 145. I will exalt you, my God, the King. I will praise your name forever and ever.

1. David praises God for his fame
8. For his goodness
11. For his kingdom
14. For his providence
17. For his justice, holiness, and savings mercy

Psalms 146. Praise the Lord, my soul.

1. The Psalmist vows perpetual praises to God
3. He exhorts not to trust in man
5. God, for his power, justice, mercy, and kingdom, is only worthy to be trusted

Psalms 147. It is good to sing praises to our God

1. The prophet exhorts to praise God for his care of the church
4. His power and wisdom
6. His mercy
7. His providence
12. To praise him for his blessings upon the kingdom
15. For his power over the elements
19. And for his ordinances in the church

Psalms 148. Praise the Lord from the heavens! Praise him in the heights!

1. The psalmist exhorts the celestial
7. The terrestrial
11. And the rational creatures to praise God

Psalms 149. Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the saints.

1. The prophet exhorts to praise God for his love to the church
5. And for that power which he has given to the church

Psalms 150. Praise God in his sanctuary! Praise him in his heavens for his acts of power!

1. An exhortation to praise God
3. With all kinds of instruments
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