The Book of Psalms is one of the most beloved of the writings in the Bible. Its compositions are expressions of the human heart and the spirit of man. Throughout there is a seeking to commune with God. Emotions range from sorrow to joy, from despair to hope, from unyielding faith to jubilant gratitude.
Most of the Psalms are credited to David who rose from being a shepherd boy to warrior King of the combined territories of Judah and Israel. His fervency in worship was so great that he became known as a man after the LORD’s own heart. [1 Samuel 13:14; Acts 13:22] But there are other authors as well. Moses is one, Solomon another, and others from among the musicians assigned to minister to God around the clock.
The Psalms are divided into subdivisions, which are also referred to as books:
- Book One: Psalms 1-41
- Book Two: Psalms 42-72
- Book Three: Psalms 73-89
- Book Four: Psalms 90-106
- Book Five: Psalms 107-150
That is how these poem/songs will be categorized on this site. If you were to read one per day, it would take you five months to complete the book. Our friends at First Union Baptist Church chose a 90-day reading plan. It can be downloaded at FirstUnionBC.org. You can download a 1-150 Reading Checklist here.
The Psalms are distinctly Hebraic, and there will be many references to them as they originated. However, these works are timeless, so we will also reference both classic commentaries and contemporary applications.
All Scriptures are from the World English Bible.