- Psalms in Hebrew is tehellim – meaning “praises.”
- Psalms in Greek is psalmos, referring to “songs accompanied by stringed instruments.” (notice the format of the printed words; the Psalms are lyrics to songs.)
- A particular tune for the words is often provided. What is the tune given to the leader in one of the following Psalms?
Psalm 7 Shiggaion of David
Psalm 8 according to The Gittith
Psalm 22 according to The Deer of the Dawn
Psalm 75 Do Not Destroy. A Psalm of Asaph.
- The 150 Psalms have been collected into five sections or books.
- Each section or book ends with a doxology. See for example, Ps. 41:13, Ps. 72:19, Ps. 89:52, Ps. 106:48, or Ps. 150:6.
- Many of the Psalms are linked to a particular event. Discover the event in one of the following psalms:
Psalm 3 A Psalm David, when he fled from his son Absalom.
Psalm 18 A Psalm of David on the day when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul.
Psalm 54 A Maskil of David, when the Ziphites went and told Saul, “David is in hiding among us.”
Psalm 56 A Maskil of David: Complaint about a Friend’s Treachery
- How many of the Psalms are acrostics? 9
- The Psalmists address God in various ways. Many of the Psalms use the title, “Lord.” Discover one or more additional names for God in the following Psalms:
Psalm 4 God of my right
Psalm 8 Lord, our Sovereign
Psalm 9 O Most High
Psalm 20 God of Jacob
Psalm 47 the Lord, the Most High; our King
Psalm 80 O Shepherd of Israel; Lord God of hosts
Psalm 84 Lord of hosts; Lord God of hosts
- The longest Psalm is 119 and the shortest is 117 with only two verses.
- The most common poetic device used in the Psalms is
- What do scholars think is the meaning of the term “Selah”?
- An interlude during which something else was to be sung or played
- “to lift up” (from the Hebrew root s-l-l) , suggesting lifting up one’s voice to sing louder or lifting up the sound of the music to play or sing louder
- “to turn, to bend, or to pray” (from the Aramaic root (s-l-h), a cue for worshipers to kneel, bow, or fall prostrate in humble submission to God
- All of the above
Source: Faith Questions: Psalms, Lien, Boyd; Passion, Promise & Praise. Griggs, Donald