KEY WORD IN
KEY VERSES IN PSALMS
“Let the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in Your sight,
O YHWH, my Rock and my Redeemer.”
“My mouth speaks the praise of YHWH;
and all flesh will bless His holy
Name for ever and ever.”
The Book of Psalms is the largest and perhaps the most
widely used book in the Bible. The subject matter includes diverse topics
including creation, jubilation, wisdom, war, peace, worship, penitence,
judgment, messianic prophecy, praise and lament and testimonies.
The Psalms is actually made up of five books:
Book 1 Psalms 1 - 41
Book 2 Psalms 42 - 72
Book 3 Psalms 73 - 89
Book 4 Psalms 90 - 106
Book 5 Psalms 107 - 150
Each of the five books end with a doxology (praise to
God). In fact the whole of Psalm 150 is a doxology.
The five books were compiled over several centuries. The
final collection and arrangements of the Psalms was the work of the
post-exile temple personnel, and was completed in or around the 3rd
The authors of 100 of the psalms are indicated as
Sons of Korah 10
Heman and Elthan (Ezrahites) 2.
The other 50 psalms have no recorded
The majority of the psalms were written in the times of
David and Solomon (10th century BC –
The majority of the psalms have titles or
superscriptions including the author’s name, at the top of the psalm. These
are editorial lines, added after the psalms were written, but they are
Many modern Bibles have added titles (which are not
original) to the psalms to help to identify and describe each one. These
titles are printed in italic type to indicate they are not in the
The following expressions occur often in the Psalms:
Selah The meaning may be Pause, Crescendo, or Musical Interlude.
Maskil Possibly Contemplative, or Didactic, or Skilful Psalm
Mikhtam Possibly Epigrammatic Poem, or Atonement Psalm
Sheol The realm of the dead
We have used in a few places, other Hebrew words that
are titles of God.
with 176 verses, is the longest psalm, and
is one of nine acrostic psalms.
a composition usually in verse in which sets of letters (as the initial or
final letters of the lines) taken in order form a word or phrase or a
regular sequence of letters of the alphabet.
This psalm is composed of 22 sections, each one prefixed
by a letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The theme of the psalm is “The Word of
God.” It is actually 22 short 8-verse psalms.
Many of the psalms are Messianic – they anticipate the
life and ministry of Y’shua the Messiah. In our text we have coloured
Messianic passages in purple.
Messianic passages in the Psalms are indicated by these
marks ^….^ And passages that are quoted in the New Testament have the
references in brackets.
OUR COLOURED TEXT
Our text is coloured to highlight Deity, promises,
blessings, prophecies, praise, salvation, judgment and emphasis. This is to
encourage an analytical eye while studying the psalms.
for titles and attributes of God.
for beatitudes and promises.
for emphasis. PURPLE
for Messianic passages.
for salvation. MAJENTA
for praise & thanksgiving.
for prophetic passages.
for warnings and judgments.
We encourage you to memorise portions of the psalms. The verse
numbers marked in red are suggested verses to commit to memory.
Now go ahead, and be blessed as you meditate on the inspired words