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This portrait, called David With His Musicians, is part of an Anglo-Saxon illuminated Book of Psalms called the Vespasian Psalter produced in the mid-8th century in Southern England. It contains an interlinear comments, making it the oldest extant English translation of any portion of the Bible.  Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Messages on

the Book of Psalms


Psalm 2 The King's Prayer: The Foundation for Intercessory Prayer

Psalms & Samuel

Life and Psalms of David

Small Group Leader Notes on

the Book of Psalms


Book of Psalms

The Past, Present, and Future of the House of David

Psalm 1

The Way of Life and the Way of Death

Psalm 2

The Way of the King and the Way Against Him

Psalm 3 & 4

Morning and Evening Prayer

Psalm 7

Judge Me According to My Righteousness?

Psalm 8

Who is the Human Person to You, God?
Psalm 22 Why Have You Forsaken Me to the Gentiles?
Psalm 23 Though I Walk Through the Valley of Death
Psalm 32 The Blessing of Being Forgiven
Psalm 37 God's Goodness and the Problem of Evil

Psalm 52

Praying for a Betrayer

Psalm 56

A Cry for Deliverance
Psalm 57 When You See Evil Starting to Be Undone
Psalm 59 Wronged by Those You Still Love
Psalm 107 God's Great Reversal: Return from Exile
Psalm 110 The King God Promised
Psalm 119:1 - 32 Enlarge My Heart
Psalm 139 Being Known by God
Psalm 142 Lord, Be My Refuge
Psalm 144 David's Preparation for Battle

NHI Resources on the Book of Psalms


The Heir of David: 

A Thematic and Canonical Analysis of the Writings


Hope Filled Full, Part Three: 

The New Testament and the Hopes of the Psalms


The Structure of the Psalms:

The Past, Present, and Future of the House of David 


The Theme of Fire in the Psalms

Small group leader discussion notes (in progress)


Jesus' Cry of Dereliction: Why the Father Did Not Turn Against or Away from the Son  

This paper examines Jesus' quotation of Psalm 22:1, 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?' from the cross

'My God, My God,

Why Have You Forsaken Me?'

(NHI blog series)

Other Resources on the Book of Psalms


Ronald Benun, Evil and the Disruption of Order: A Structural Analysis of the Acrostics in the First Book of Psalms

(Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, 2006) The four alphabetic acrostics in the first book of Psalms (9/10, 25, 34, and 37) are all missing verses beginning with certain letters of the alphabet and have other anomalies as well. Most scholars attribute these problems to errors in transmission and try to solve them through textual emendation. Benun argues that these disruptions are an original feature of these psalms and are placed purposefully as part of a sophisticated literary structure. Note there are four acrostic poems in the fifth book of Psalms also (111, 112, 119, 145).


Mariano Gomez Aranda, Medieval Jewish Exegesis of Psalm 2

(Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, 2018)