Psalm 117 – “Call to Praise”

Hebrew-English Text I. Summary The psalmist calls upon the nations of the world to praise God. II. Photo The psalmist addresses the nations of the world: “Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol Him, all you peoples!” (v. 1) III. Select Verses     (The entire psalm) 1-2: Praise the LORD, all you nations; extol Him, all…

Psalm 116 – “Thanksgiving”

Hebrew-English Text I. Summary The psalmist gives thanks to God for answering his prayer in a time of need. II. Photo The psalmist gives thanks: “I raise the cup of deliverance and invoke the name of the Lord.” (vv. 12-13) III. Select Verses     1-4: I love the LORD for He hears my voice, my…

Psalm 115 – “Sermon and Blessing”

Hebrew-English Text I. Summary The psalmist praises God, belittles idols, blesses his congregation, and motivates the people to praise and trust God. II. Photo The psalmist belittles idols: “Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands!” (v. 4) III. Select Verses     1-3: Not to us, O LORD, not to us but…

Psalm 114 – “Historical Hymn”

Hebrew-English Text I. Summary The psalmist recalls the exodus in hymnic fashion. II. Photo Nature is in awe of God’s people: “Mountains skipped like rams, hills like sheep!” (v. 4) III. Select Verses     (The entire psalm) 1-8:  When Israel went forth from Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange speech,  Judah…

Psalm 113 – “Hymn”

Hebrew-English Text I. Summary The psalmist praises God for lifting the needy. II. Photo The psalmist praises God: “He raises the poor from the dust, lifts up the needy from the refuse heap to set them with the great, with the great men of His people!” III. Select Verses     2-4: Let the name of…

Psalm 112 – “Acrostic Blessing”

Hebrew-English Text I. Summary The psalmist describes and blesses the righteous in an alphabetic acrostic. II. Photo The righteous man is blessed: “A light shines for the upright in the darkness; he is gracious, compassionate, and beneficent.” (v. 4) III. Select Verses     (The whole psalm) 1-10: Hallelujah. Happy is the man who fears the…

Psalm 111 – “Acrostic Hymn”

Hebrew-English Text I. Summary The psalmist praises and gives thanks to god in an alphabetic acrostic. II. Photo The psalmist speaks about early education: “The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord; all who practice it gain sound understanding.” (v. 10) III. Select Verses     2-4a: The works of the LORD are great,…

Psalm 110 – “Oracle and Blessing”

Hebrew-English Text I. Summary The psalmist quotes God and blesses a righteous priest-king. II. Photo God blesses the protagonist: “Sit at My right hand while I make your enemies your footstool.” (v. 1b) III. Select Verses     (The entire psalm) 1-7: Of David. A psalm. The LORD said to my lord, “Sit at My right…

Psalm 109 – “Imprecation”

Hebrew-English Text I. Summary The psalmist proclaims his innocence and asks God to punish his enemies severely. II. Photo The psalmist curses his enemies: “My accusers shall be clothed in shame, wrapped in their disgrace as in a robe!” (v. 29) III. Select Verses     2-5: The wicked and the deceitful open their mouth against…

Psalm 108 – “Petition for Military Success”

Hebrew-English Text I. Summary The psalmist praises God and asks him to fulfill his promise of military success. II. Photo The psalmist complains: “But You have rejected us, O God; God, You do not march with our armies!” (v. 12) III. Select Verses     2: My heart is firm, O God; I will sing and…