The Book of Psalms Session 1
Psalms 1 - 2
Psalms is Israel’s hymnal; it is poetry laced with strong
Hebrew, this book is called Tehillim = “Praises.” There
are 55 psalms
addressed to “the chief musician.” [Greek: psalmoi, “a
poem to be sung
to a stringed instrument” or psaltar, for harp or
History instructs; Law teaches; prophecy announces, rebukes,
morality persuades. Psalms is the medicine and succor for the
and encouragement of us all. They are written to the
us, individually. They are musical. Odes = poems to be set to
lyrics = poems intended for lyre or harp.
The Book of Psalms Session 2
Psalms 3 - 10
Psalms: A Caveat for our Souls
• Chewing the cud: the key to (the “clean”) sacrifi ces.
• Analysis paralysis: can blindfold our souls to the message.
• Prayerful absorption vs Intellectual dissection: a gateway to
Psalms 3-7 form a bridge, a stairway between two Messianic
Psalm 2 is the prophetic rejection of God’s anointed, and Psalm
His ultimate victory as Man. In these fi ve psalms we have the
of Israel’s trials, sorrows, confusions, problems, and sins. We
their confi dence in God, the promises of God, and their prayers
The Book of Psalms Session 3
Psalms 11 - 18
The Book of Psalms Session 4
Psalms 19 – 21
The Book of Psalms Session 5
Psalms 22 – 24
The Book of Psalms Session 6
Psalms 25 – 30
The Book of Psalms Session 7
Psalms 31 – 36
The next 10 psalms are personal, quiet and intimate. They are
familiar, but they have much to say to us. They are applicable
past, present and future.
The Book of Psalms Session 8
Psalms 37 – 41
Christ’s birth, betrayal, agony, death, resurrection, ascension,
again in glory, and His worldwide reign—all pictured in inspired
in the Psalms (even more than Isaiah).
The Book of Psalms Session 9
Book II: The Exodus Section
Psalms 42 – 48
The Book of Psalms Session 10
Psalms 49 – 51
The Book of Psalms Session 11
Psalms 52 - 55
Perhaps it is the personal, devotional, aspect of the psalms
cause them to become so dear to one immersed in them. However,
prophetic aspect can also be a key epistemological treasure.
The Book of Psalms Session 12
Psalms 56 – 60
The Book of Psalms Session 13
Psalms 61 – 68
A cluster of eight psalms: The cry and confi dence of the godly.
The Book of Psalms Session 14
Psalms 69 – 72
The Book of Psalms Session 15
Book III: Psalms 73 - 80
Book III is viewed as corresponding to the Book of Leviticus
in this section—even in Psalm 73—the sanctuary is prominent.
is the book of worship for the tabernacle and later for the
It is one of the greatest books in the Bible. In this section we
fi nd the
emphasis upon the sanctuary and, in particular, on two aspects
house of God.
The Book of Leviticus emphasizes two things: that God is holy
without shedding of blood there is no remission of sins—the key
are holiness and sacrifi ce. These two words will also fi gure
this Leviticus section of the Book of Psalms.
The Book of Psalms Session 16
Book III Psalms 81 – 89
The Book of Psalms Session 17
Psalms 90 - 100
Book IV: “Numbers” Section (Psalms 90-106)
The theme of Book IV is Peril and Protection. The Book of
records the great tragedy of a generation dying in the wilder
ness, never reaching their goal: the Promised Land. How
it is to begin this section with Psalm 90, the prayer of Moses.
It is the only psalm of Moses that we have.
The Book of Psalms Session 18
Psalms 101- 106
Book of Psalms: Psalm 101 - “Song to the King
Rules in Righteousness and Judgment”
This is a Davidic psalm. It begins a little nest of 6 psalms
that speak of praise to the King. [Leadership 101?] Yet, this is
that really cannot fi t into David’s: it must also be a
The Book of Psalms Session 19
Book V (Psalm 107 - 150)
Book of Psalms: Psalm 107
Psalm 107 begins the Deuteronomy section of the Book of Psalms.
fi fth book begins with a great retrospect in the plains of
reviews God’s gracious dealings with His people. They were then
to enter the land of promise.
In the opening psalm of this Deuteronomy section the remnant of
is seen prophetically regathered and about ready to enter the
105 emphasized Israel’s exodus from Egypt; Psalm 106, on God’s
care of his people. Psalm 107 focuses on the Lord’s redemption
of the nation from the captivity of Babylon (vv. 2-3).
The Book of Psalms Session 20
The Book of Psalms: Session 21
Psalm 119, Part 2
Book of Psalms: Psalm 119 (Part 2: vv. 73 - 176)
Psalm 119 has 176 verses, and every verse (with the possible
of two verses) is praise to the Word of God. It is not our
dwell on each verse: Spurgeon, in his unmatched
Treasury of David,
devotes 400 pages to them! In this fi nal half, we will explore—superfi
cially at best—verses 73 to 176.
The Book of Psalms Session 22
Psalm 120 – 134
Songs of “Degrees”
The Book of Psalms Session 23
Psalm 135 - 144
Book of Psalms: Psalm 135 - “Praise the Lord
Who He Is”
We leave the pilgrim psalms now and come to songs of praise.
psalm is in a parentheses of “ Hallelujahs. ” It begins with “
the Lord” (4X) and ends with “Bless the Lord” (4X).
repeated 8X). In it, Israel praises God for the deliverance of
The Book of Psalms Session 24
Psalm 145 – 150
Completing Book V