Book 1 (Psalms 1-41) 1 How blessed is the one who does not follow the advice of the wicked,or stand in the pathway with sinners,or sit in the assembly of scoffers!2 Instead he finds pleasure in obeying the Lord’s commands;he meditates on his commands day and night.3 He is like a tree planted by flowing […]
David was the penman of most of the psalms, but some evidently were composed by other writers, and the writers of some are doubtful. But all were written by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost; and no part of the Old Testament is more frequently quoted or referred to in the New. Every psalm either points directly to Christ, in his person, his character, and offices; or may lead the believer’s thoughts to Him. And the psalms are the language of the believer’s heart, whether mourning for sin, thirsting after God, or rejoicing in Him. Whether burdened with affliction, struggling with temptation, or triumphing in the hope or enjoyment of deliverance; whether admiring the Divine perfections, thanking God for his mercies, mediating on his truths, or delighting in his service; they form a Divinely appointed standard of experience, by which we may judge ourselves. Their value, in this view, is very great, and the use of them will increase with the growth of the power of true religion in the heart. By the psalmist’s expressions, the Spirit helps us to pray. If we make the psalms familiar to us, whatever we have to ask at the throne of grace, by way of confession, petition, or thanksgiving, we may be assisted from thence. Whatever devout affection is working in us, holy desire or hope, sorrow or joy, we may here find words to clothe it; sound speech which cannot be condemned. In the language of this Divine book, the prayers and praises of the church have been offered up to the throne of grace from age to age.
1 Why do the nations rebel?Why are the countries devising plots that will fail?2 The kings of the earth form a united front;the rulers collaborateagainst the Lord and his anointed king.3 They say, “Let’s tear off the shackles they’ve put on us!Let’s free ourselves from their ropes!”4 The one enthroned in heaven laughs in disgust;the […]
A psalm of David, written when he fled from his son Absalom. 1 Lord, how numerous are my enemies!Many attack me.2 Many say about me,“God will not deliver him.” (Selah)3 But you, Lord, are a shield that protects me;you are my glory and the one who restores me.4 To the Lord I cried out,and he […]
For the music director, to be accompanied by stringed instruments; a psalm of David. 1 When I call out, answer me,O God who vindicates me!Though I am hemmed in, you will lead me into a wide, open place.Have mercy on me and respond to my prayer!2 You men, how long will you try to turn […]
For the music director, to be accompanied by wind instruments; a psalm of David. 1 Listen to what I say, Lord!Carefully consider my complaint!2 Pay attention to my cry for help,my king and my God,for I am praying to you!3 Lord, in the morning you will hear me;in the morning I will present my case […]