Psalm 111-112 (very similar) These psalms of praise are “acrostic” psalms. Each line in the Hebrew text begins with the next letter of the Hebrew alphabet (this was done with the purpose of memorizing the Psalms). These Psalms start with “Hallelujah,” or “Praise the Lord” which unfortunately has been watered down in meaning by 2020.
Verse 10 is the Key verse to Wisdom Psalms:
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
To him belongs eternal praise.
Wisdom is following the Precepts. Anyone can read the Bible, memorize scripture, and have knowledge. But wisdom begins with reverent fear followed by application-follow through!
There are five blessings that normally come to the righteous.
- righteous person (following Moses Law) receives physical and material prosperity (v. 2-3)
- he obtains light in his darkness (v.4).
- goodness comes to him for his generosity and justice (v. 5).
- he enjoys stability and confidence (vv. 6-8).
- he gets strength and honor from the Lord because he gives to the poor
Psalm 113- This Psalm is read during the High Holy days including Passover. The Lord is worthy of praise because He graciously gives great blessings to those who have no hope of obtaining them from any other source.
Let the name of the Lord be praised,
both now and forevermore.
3From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets,
the name of the Lord is to be praised.
Psalm 114- Oh I like this one! A Psalm remembering the Exodus. Obviously, this too would be read at the Passover. (I usually wouldn’t use the word Obviously EVER when reading the Bible….except maybe here 😉)
Psalm 115-This anonymous communal psalm of praise instructs God’s people to trust in the Lord rather than in idols. The house of Aaron in this time is the Priesthood (from Levi). The house of Aaron today is the Priesthood (Us).
Psalm 116-If you already read all the Psalms, go back and reread this one. The Psalmist is promising to praise him for helping him. A recommitment. It is really beautiful to read twice. Verse 12:
What shall I return to the Lord
for all his goodness to me?
Well? What was the answer in the Psalm?
Psalm 117- THIS IS THE SHORTEST PSALM- (I love those little facts). (Did a song come to your head?…I will throw it in comments for those that are music people.)
1 Praise the Lord, all you nations;
extol him, all you peoples.
2 For great is his love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.
Praise the Lord.
2 The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
23 the Lord has done this,
and it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 The Lord has done it this very day;
let us rejoice today and be glad.
A phrase you may have heard or studies in the past. Jesus said in Matthew 21:
42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: (refering to Psam 118)
“‘The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
the Lord has done this,
and it is marvelous in our eyes’[a]?
43 “Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.
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