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?
THE BIBLE BOOK BY BOOK: A MANUAL:
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
1916 BAYLOR UNIVERSITY PRESS Waco, Texas
ChaptersPsalms 1. BOOK 1: Blessed is the man who doesn't walk in the counsel of the wicked1. The happiness of the godly4. The unhappiness of the ungodlyPsalms 2. Why do the nations rage, and the peoples plot a vain thing?1. The kingdom of Christ10. Kings are exhorted to accept itPsalms 3. O Lord, how my adversaries have increased!1. The security of God's protectionPsalms 4. Answer me when I call, God of my righteousness.1. David prays for audience2. He reproves and exhorts his enemies6. Man's happiness is in God's favorPsalms 5. Give ear to my words, O Lord. Consider my meditation.1. David prays, and professes his study in prayer4. God favors not the wicked7. David, professing his faith, prays to God to guide him10. to destroy his enemies11. and to preserve the godlyPsalms 6. O Lord, don't rebuke me in your anger1. David's complaint in his sickness8. He triumphs over his enemiesPsalms 7. O Lord, my God, I take refuge in you1. David prays against the malice of his enemies, professing his innocence10. By faith he sees his defense, and the destruction of his enemiesPsalms 8. O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth1. God's glory is magnified by his works, and by his love to manPsalms 9. I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart1. David praises God for executing judgment11. He incites others to praise him13. He prays that he may have cause to praise himPsalms 10. Why do you stand far off, O Lord?1. David complains of the wicked12. He prays for remedy16. He professes his confidencePsalms 11. In the Lord I take refuge1. David encourages himself in God against his enemies4. The providence and justice of GodPsalms 12. Help, O Lord; for the godly man ceases1. David, destitute of human comfort, craves help of God3. He comforts himself with God's promises, and his judgments on the wickedPsalms 13. How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?1. David complains of delay3. He prays for preventing grace5. He boasts of divine mercyPsalms 14. The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God."1. David describes a natural man4. He convinces the wicked by the light of their conscience7. He glories in the salvation of GodPsalms 15. O Lord, who shall dwell in your sanctuary?1. David describes a citizen of ZionPsalms 16. Preserve me, God, for in you do I take refuge.1. David, in distrust of merits, and hatred of idolatry5. He shows the hope of his calling, of the resurrection, and life everlastingPsalms 17. Hear, O Lord, my righteous plea; Give ear to my prayer1. David, in confidence of his integrity, craves defense of God against his enemies10. He shows their pride, craft, and eagerness13. He prays against them in confidence of his hopePsalms 18. I love you, O Lord, my strength.1. David praises God for his manifold and marvelous blessingsPsalms 19. The heavens declare the glory of God. The expanse shows his handiwork.1. The creatures show God's glory7. The excellence of the divine law12. David prays for gracePsalms 20. May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble.1. The church blesses the King in his exploits7. and expresses her confidence in God's helpfulnessPsalms 21. The king rejoices in your strength, O Lord!1. A thanksgiving for victory7. with confidence of further successPsalms 22. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?1. David complains in great discouragement9. He prays in great distress23. He praises GodPsalms 23. The Lord is my shepherd: I shall lack nothing.1. David's confidence in God's gracePsalms 24. The earth is the Lord's, with its fullness1. God's Lordship in the world3. The citizens of his spiritual kingdom7. An exhortation to receive himPsalms 25. To you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.1. David's confidence in prayer7. He prays for remission of sins16. and for help in afflictionPsalms 26. Judge me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity.1. David resorts to God in confidence of his integrityPsalms 27. The Lord is my light and my salvation. Whom shall I fear?1. David sustains his faith by prayerPsalms 28. To you, O Lord, I call. My rock, don't be deaf to me1. David prays earnestly against his enemies6. and for the peoplePsalms 29. Ascribe to the Lord, you sons of the mighty1. David exhorts princes to give glory to God3. by reason of is power11. and protection of his peoplePsalms 30. I will extol you, O Lord, for you have raised me up1. David praises God for his deliverance4. He exhorts others to praise him by example of God's dealings with himPsalms 31. In you, O Lord, I take refuge. Let me never be disappointed.1. David, showing his confidence in God, craves his help7. He rejoices in his mercy9. He prays in his calamity19. He praises God for his goodnessPsalms 32. Blessed is he whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is covered.1. Blessedness consists in remission of sins3. Confession of sins gives ease to the conscience8. God's promises bring joyPsalms 33. Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous! Praise is fitting for the upright.1. God is to be praised for his goodness6. for his power12. and for his providence20. Confidence is to be placed in GodPsalms 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 experience8. They are blessed who trust in God11. He exhorts to the fear of God15. The privileges of the righteousPsalms 35. Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with me.1. David prays for his own safety, and his enemies' confusion11. He complains of their wrongful dealing22. Thereby he incites God against themPsalms 36. There is no fear of God before his eyes.1. The grievous state of the wicked8. The excellence of God's mercy10. David prays for favor to God's childrenPsalms 37. Don't fret because of evildoers1. David persuades to patience and confidence in God, 12. by the different estate of the godly and the wickedPsalms 38. O Lord, don't rebuke me in your wrath1. David moves God to take compassion on his pitiful casePsalms 39. I will watch my ways, so that I don't sin with my tongue.1. David's care of his thoughts4. The consideration of the brevity and vanity of life7. the reverence of God's judgments10. and prayer, are his bridles of impatiencePsalms 40. I waited patiently for the Lord. He turned to me, and heard my cry.1. The benefit of confidence in God6. Obedience is the best sacrifice11. The sense of David's evils inflames his prayerPsalms 41. Blessed is he who considers the poor. The Lord will deliver him.1. The recompense of the charitable4. David complains of his enemies' treachery10. He flees to God for helpfulnessPsalms 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 temple5. He encourages his soul to trust in GodPsalms 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 joyfully5. He encourages his soul to trust in GodPsalms 44. We have heard with our ears, God; our fathers have told us1. The church, in memory of former favors7. complains of her present evils17. professing her integrity,24. she fervently prays for helpfulnessPsalms 45. My heart overflows with a noble theme1. The majesty and grace of Christ's kingdom10. The duty of the church, and the benefits thereofPsalms 46. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.1. The confidence which the church has in God8. An exhortation to behold itPsalms 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 praised1. The ornaments and privileges of the churchPsalms 49. Hear this, all you peoples. Listen, all you inhabitants of the world,1. An earnest persuasion to build the faith of resurrection16. Worldly prosperity is not to be admiredPsalms 50. The Mighty One calls the earth from sunrise to sunset.1. The majesty of God in the church5. His order to gather his saints7. The pleasure of God is not in ceremonies14. but in sincerity of obediencePsalms 51. Have mercy on me, God, according to your loving kindness.1. David prays for remission of sins, whereof he makes a deep confession6. He prays for sanctification16. God delights not in sacrifice, but in sincerity18. He prays for the churchPsalms 52. Why do you boast of mischief, mighty man?1. David, condemning the spitefulness of Doeg, prophesies his destruction6. The righteous shall rejoice at it8. David, upon his confidence in God's mercy, gives thanksPsalms 53. The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God."1. David describes the corruption of the natural man4. He convinces the wicked by the light of their own conscience6. He glories in the salvation of GodPsalms 54. Save me, God, by your name. Vindicate me in your might.1. David, complaining of the Ziphims, prays for salvation4. Upon his confidence in God's help he promises sacrificePsalms 55. Listen to my prayer, God. Don't hide yourself from my supplication.1. David in his prayer complains of his fearful case9. He prays against his enemies, of whose wickedness and treachery he complains16. He comforts himself in God's preservation oh him, and confusion of his enemiesPsalms 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 himPsalms 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 case7. He encourages himself to praise GodPsalms 58. Do you indeed speak righteousness, silent ones?1. David reproves wicked judges3. describes the nature of the wicked6. devotes them to God's judgments10. whereat the righteous shall rejoicePsalms 59. Deliver me from my enemies, my God.1. David prays to be delivered from his enemies6. He complains of their cruelty8. He trusts in god11. He prays against them16. He praises GodPsalms 60. God, you have rejected us. You have broken us down.1. David, complaining to God of former judgment4. now upon better hope, prays for deliverance6. Comforting himself in God's promises, he craves that help whereon he trustsPsalms 61. Hear my cry, God. Listen to my prayer.1. David flees to God upon his former experience4. He vows perpetual service unto him, because of his promisesPsalms 62. My soul rests in God alone. My salvation is from him.1. David, professing his confidence in God, discourages his enemies5. In the same confidence he encourages the godly9. No trust is to be put in worldly things11. Power and mercy belong to GodPsalms 63. God, you are my God. I will earnestly seek you.1. David's thirst for God4. His manner of blessing God9. His confidence of his enemies' destruction, and his own safetyPsalms 64. Hear my voice, God, in my complaint.1. David prays for deliverance, complaining of his enemies7. 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 grace4. The blessedness of God's chosen by reason of benefitsPsalms 66. Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth!1. David exhorts to praise God5. observe his great works8. to bless him for his gracious benefits12. He vows for himself reverent service to God16. He declares God's special goodness to himselfPsalms 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 kingdom3. to the joy of the people6. and the increase of God's blessingsPsalms 68. Let God arise! Let his enemies be scattered!1. A prayer at the removing of the ark4. An exhortation to praise God for his mercies7. for his care of the church19. for his great worksPsalms 69. Save me, God, for the waters have come up to my neck!1. David complains of his affliction13. He prays for deliverance22. He devotes his enemies to destruction30. He praises God with thanksgivingPsalms 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 godlyPsalms 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 soul14. He promises constancy17. He prays for perseverance19. He praises God, and promises to do it cheerfullyPsalms 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 kingdom18. He blessed GodPsalms 73. BOOK 3: Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.1. The prophet, prevailing in a temptation2. Shows the occasion thereof, the prosperity of the wicked13. The wound given thereby, diffidence15. 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 sanctuary10. He moves God to help in consideration of his power18. 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 God2. He promises to judge uprightly4. He rebukes the proud by consideration of God's providence9. 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 church11. An exhortation to serve him reverently.Psalms 77. My cry goes to God! Indeed, I cry to God for help1. The psalmist shows what fierce combat he had with distrust10. 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 God9. The story of God's wrath against the incredulous and disobedient67. 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 Jerusalem8. He prays for deliverance13. and promises thankfulnessPsalms 80. Hear us, Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock1. The psalmist in his prayer complains of the miseries of the church8. God's former favors are turned into judgments14. He prays for deliverancePsalms 81. Sing aloud to God, our strength! Make a joyful shout to the God of Jacob!1. An exhortation to a solemn praising of God4. God challenges that duty by reason of his benefits8. 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 judges5. And reproved their negligence8. Prays God to judgePsalms 83. God, don't keep silent. Don't keep silent, and don't be still, God.1. A complaint to God of the enemies conspiracies9. A prayer against those who oppress the ChurchPsalms 84. How lovely are your dwellings, O Lord Almighty!1. The prophet, longing for the communion of the sanctuary4. Shows how blessed they are that dwell therein8. 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 goodnessPsalms 86. Hear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.1. David strengthens his prayer by the consciousness of his religion5. By the goodness and power of God11. He desires the continuance of former grace14. Complaining of the proud, he craves some token of God's goodnessPsalms 87. His foundation is in the holy mountains.1. The nature and glory of the church4. 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 covenant5. For his wonderful power15. For the care of his church19. For his favor to the kingdom of David38. Then complaining of contrary events46. 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 providence3. Complains of human fragility7. Divine chastisement10. and brevity of life12. 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 High1. The state of the godly3. Their safety9. Their habitation11. Their servants14. Their friend; with the effects of them all.Psalms 92. It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord1. The prophet exhorts to praise God4. For his great works6. For his judgments on the wicked10. 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 providence12. He shows the blessedness of affliction16. 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 God3. For his greatness6. And for his goodness8. And not to tempt himPsalms 96. Sing to the Lord a new song! Sing to O Lord, all the earth.1. An exhortation to praise God4. for his greatness8. for his kingdom11. for his general judgmentPsalms 97. The Lord reigns! Let the earth rejoice! Let the multitude of islands be glad!1. The majesty of God's kingdom7. The church rejoices at God's judgments upon idolaters10. An exhortation to godliness and gladnessPsalms 98. Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things!1. The psalmist exhorts the Jews4. The Gentiles7. And all the creatures, to praise GodPsalms 99. The Lord reigns! Let the peoples tremble.1. The prophet, setting forth the kingdom of God in Zion5. Exhorts all, by the example of their forefathers, to worship God at his holy hillPsalms 100. Shout for joy to the Lord, all you lands!1. An exhortation to praise God, cheerfully3. For his greatness4. And for his powerPsalms 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 God18. The mercies of God are to be recorded23. 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 mercy5. And for the constancy thereofPsalms 104. Bless the Lord, my soul. O Lord, my God, you are very great.1. A meditation upon the mighty power7. And wonderful providence of God31. God's glory is eternal33. The prophet vows perpetually to praise GodPsalms 105. Give thanks to the Lord! Call on his name!1. An exhortation to praise God, and to seek out his works7. The story of God's providence over Abraham16. Over Joseph23. Over Jacob in Egypt26. Over Moses delivering the Israelites37. 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 good1. The psalmist exhorts to praise God4. He prays for pardon of sin, as God pardoned the fathers7. The story of the people's rebellion, and God's mercy47. He concludes with prayer and praisePsalms 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 providence4. Over travelers10. Over captives17. Over sick men23. Over sailors33. 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 God5. He prays for God's assistance according to his promise11. His confidence in God's helpPsalms 109. God of my praise, don't remain silent1. David complains of his slanderous enemies16. He shows their sin21. Complaining of his own misery, he prays for help29. He promises thankfulnessPsalms 110. The Lord says to my Lord, "Sit at my right hand1. The kingdom4. The priesthood5. The conquest7. And the passion of ChristPsalms 111. I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart1. The psalmist by his example incites others to praise God for his glorious5. And gracious works10. The fear of God breeds true wisdomPsalms 112. Blessed is the man who fears the Lord1. Godliness has the promises of this life4. And of the life to come10. The prosperity of the godly shall be an eyesore to the wickedPsalms 113. Praise, you servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord.1. An exhortation to praise God for his excellence6. For his mercyPsalms 114. When Israel went forth out of Egypt1. 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 glory1. Because God is truly glorious4. And idols are vanity9. He exhorts to confidence in God12. God is to be blessed for his blessingPsalms 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 deliverance12. He studies to be thankfulPsalms 117. Praise the Lord, all you nations! Extol him, all you peoples!1. An exhortation to praise God for his mercy and truthPsalms 118. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his loving kindness endures forever.1. An exhortation to praise God for his mercy5. The psalmist by his experience shows how good it is to trust in God19. Under the type of the psalmist the coming of Christ in his kingdom is expressedPsalms 119. Blessed are those whose ways are blameless1. This psalm contains various prayers, praises, and professions of obedience.2. Aleph.9. Beth17. Gimel25. Daleth33. He41. Waw49. Zayin57. Heth65. Teth73. Yodh81. Kaph89. Lamedh97. Mem105. Nun113. Samekh121. Ayin129. Pe137. Tsadhe145. Qoph153. Resh161. Sin and Shin169. TawPsalms 120. In my distress, I cried to the Lord. He answered me.1. David prays against Doeg3. Reproves his tongue5. Complains of his necessary conversation with the wickedPsalms 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 protectionPsalms 122. I was glad when they said to me, "Let's go to the Lord's house!"1. David professes his joy for the church6. And prays for the peace thereofPsalms 123. To you I do lift up my eyes, you who sit in the heavens.1. The godly profess their confidence in God3. And pray to be delivered from contemptPsalms 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 deliverancePsalms 125. Those who trust in the Lord are as Mount Zion, which can't be moved1. The safety of such as trust in God4. A prayer for the godly, and against the wickedPsalms 126. When the Lord brought back those who returned to Zion1. The church celebrating her incredible return out of captivity4. Prays for and prophesies the good success thereofPsalms 127. Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it.1. The virtue of God's blessing3. Good children are his giftPsalms 128. Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways.1. The various blessings which follow those who fear GodPsalms 129. Many times they have afflicted me from my youth up.1. An exhortation to praise God for saving Israel in their great afflictions5. The haters of the church are cursedPsalms 130. Out of the depths I have cried to you, O Lord.1. The psalmist professes his hope in prayer5. And his patience in hope7. He exhorts Israel to trust in GodPsalms 131. O Lord, my heart isn't haughty, nor my eyes lofty1. David professing his humility3. Exhorts Israel to trust in GodPsalms 132. O Lord, remember David and all his affliction,1. David in his prayer commends unto God the reverent care he had for the ark8. His prayer at the removing of the ark11. With a repetition of God's promisesPsalms 133. See how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to live together in unity!1. The blessedness of unity among brothersPsalms 134. Look! Praise the Lord, all you servants of the Lord1. An exhortation to bless GodPsalms 135. Praise the name of the Lord! Praise him, you servants of the Lord1. An exhortation to praise God for his mercy5. For his power8. For his judgments15. The vanity of idols19. An exhortation to bless GodPsalms 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 captivity7. The prophet curses Edom and BabelPsalms 138. I will give you thanks with my whole heart.1. David praises God for the truth of his word4. He prophesies that the kings of the earth shall praise God7. He professes his confidence in GodPsalms 139. O Lord, you have searched me, and you know me.1. David praises God for his all-seeing providence17. And for this infinite mercies19. He defies the wicked23. He prays for sincerityPsalms 140. Deliver me, O Lord, from the evil man. Preserve me from the violent man;1. David prays to be delivered from Saul and Doeg8. He prays against them12. He comforts himself by confidence in GodPsalms 141. O Lord, I have called on you. Come to me quickly!1. David prays that his suit may be acceptable3. His conscience sincere7. And his life free from snaresPsalms 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 GodPsalms 143. Hear my prayer, O Lord. Listen to my petitions.1. David prays for favor in judgment3. He complains of his grief5. He strengthens his faith by meditation and prayer7. He prays for grace9. For deliverance10. For sanctification12. For destruction of his enemiesPsalms 144. Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who teaches my hands to war1. David blesses God for his mercy both to him and to man5. He prays that God would powerfully deliver him from his enemies9. He promises to praise God11. He prays for the happy state of the kingdomPsalms 145. I will exalt you, my God, the King. I will praise your name forever and ever.1. David praises God for his fame8. For his goodness11. For his kingdom14. For his providence17. For his justice, holiness, and savings mercyPsalms 146. Praise the Lord, my soul.1. The Psalmist vows perpetual praises to God3. He exhorts not to trust in man5. God, for his power, justice, mercy, and kingdom, is only worthy to be trustedPsalms 147. It is good to sing praises to our God1. The prophet exhorts to praise God for his care of the church4. His power and wisdom6. His mercy7. His providence12. To praise him for his blessings upon the kingdom15. For his power over the elements19. And for his ordinances in the churchPsalms 148. Praise the Lord from the heavens! Praise him in the heights!1. The psalmist exhorts the celestial7. The terrestrial11. And the rational creatures to praise GodPsalms 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 church5. And for that power which he has given to the churchPsalms 150. Praise God in his sanctuary! Praise him in his heavens for his acts of power!1. An exhortation to praise God3. With all kinds of instruments