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Questions about Psalms


Book of Psalms - Bible Survey

What is a psalm?

Why is the book of Psalms divided into five books?

What are the different types of psalms?

What are the imprecatory psalms?

What are the psalms of lament?

What are the psalms of praise?

What are the penitential psalms?

What is synonymous parallelism in Hebrew poetry?

What is antithetical parallelism in Hebrew poetry?

What is synthetic parallelism in Hebrew poetry?

What is an acrostic poem? What examples of acrostic poems are in the Bible?

Who are the authors of the book of Psalms?

How many psalms did David write?

Why do many of the psalms of David sound so sad?

To what do the various musical terms in the book of Psalms refer?

Which psalms predict the coming of Jesus Christ?

What is a lament in the Bible?

What is the counsel of the ungodly, and how do we not walk in it (Psalm 1:1)?

How do we delight in the law of the Lord (Psalm 1:2)?

What does it mean to be like a tree planted by the water (Psalm 1:3; Jeremiah 17:8)?

What does it mean to kiss the son (Psalm 2:12)?

What does it mean to “be angry and do not sin” (Psalm 4:4)?

What does it mean that “I will lie down and sleep in peace” (Psalm 4:8)?

Why does the psalmist ask, “What is man that you are mindful of him” (Psalm 8:4)?

What does it mean that Jesus was a little lower than the angels (Psalm 8:5; Hebrews 2:7)?

Who were the sons of Korah in the Old Testament?

What is imprecatory prayer?

What does “selah” mean in the Bible?

What does it mean that “there is none who does good, no not one” (Psalm 14:3; Romans 3:12)?

What is a maskil in the Book of Psalms?

Where do the Hebrew Scriptures prophesy the death and resurrection of the Messiah?

What does it mean that “at your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11)?

How can I let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to God (Psalm 19:14)?

Why are Psalms 14 and 53 nearly identical?

What does it mean to say that God is my portion?

What does it mean that the heavens declare the glory of God?

Why does the psalmist ask, “Why have you forsaken me” (Psalm 22:1)?

What does “be not far from me” mean in Psalm 22:11?

What is the correct translation of Psalm 22:16?

What does it mean that the Lord is my Shepherd?

What are the rod and staff in Psalm 23?

What does it mean to walk through the valley of the shadow of death?

What does David mean when he says, “He leads me in the paths of righteousness” (Psalm 23:3)?

How can we confidently say, “I will fear no evil,” as in Psalm 23:4?

What does it mean that my cup runneth over?

What is the significance of David saying, “You prepare a table before me” (Psalm 23:5)?

What is the significance of David saying, “You anoint my head with oil” (Psalm 23:5)?

How could David say, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life” (Psalm 23:6)?

What does it mean to dwell in the house of the Lord forever (Psalm 23:6)?

What does it mean that joy comes in the morning?

What does it mean that God is the King of glory?

What does it mean that God is father to the fatherless?

What does it mean that “the Lord is my light and my salvation” (Psalm 27:1)?

What does it mean to wait on the Lord (Psalm 27:14)?

Why should we be of good courage (Psalm 27:14)?

What does it mean to taste and see that the Lord is good in Psalm 34:8?

What does it mean to delight yourself in the Lord (Psalm 37:4)?

What does it mean to commit your way to the Lord (Psalm 37:5)?

How can we “rest in the Lord” (Psalm 37:7)?

How are the steps of a man ordered by the Lord (Psalm 37:23)?

What does it mean to be still and know that I am God?

What is the meaning of “from everlasting to everlasting” (Psalm 41:13)?

What does it mean that deep calls to deep (Psalm 42:7)?

What does it mean God is our refuge and strength and an ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1)?

Does Psalm 49:7 mean that Jesus could not have redeemed us on the cross?

What does it mean that God owns the cattle on a thousand hills?

What does it mean to be “whiter than snow” (Psalm 51:7)?

Why did David ask God to “create in me a clean heart” in Psalm 51:10?

What did David mean when he asked God to “restore to me the joy of your salvation” (Psalm 51:12)?

What does it mean that God will not despise a broken spirit and contrite heart (Psalm 51:17)?

What does it mean to make a joyful noise unto the Lord?

What does it mean when the psalmist asks God to “lead me to the rock that is higher than I” in Psalm 61:2?

What is the meaning of “captives in your train” in Psalm 68:18?

What does it mean that God collects our tears in a bottle?

Who was the Asaph mentioned in the Book of Psalms?

What does the Bible mean by “you are gods” / "ye are gods" in Psalm 82:6 and John 10:34?

Who was Heman the Ezrahite in the Psalms?

Who was Ethan the Ezrahite in the Psalms?

How is a day in God’s courts better than a thousand elsewhere (Psalm 84:10)?

What does it mean that “righteousness and peace kiss each other” in Psalm 85:10?

What can we learn from the prayer of Moses (Psalm 90)?

What does it mean that God is our dwelling place (Psalm 90:1)?

Why should we want God to teach us to number our days (Psalm 90:12)?

What does it mean to dwell in the “shadow of the Almighty” (Psalm 91:1)?

How do we “take refuge under His wings” (Psalm 91:4)?

What does the Bible mean when it says not to touch God’s anointed?

What does the Bible mean when it says “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God’”?

Does Psalm 95:6 mean we should always bow down when we worship God?

What does it mean to “sing to the Lord a new song” (Psalm 96:1)?

How can we “enter into His gates with thanksgiving” (Psalm 100:4)?

What does it mean to “bless the Lord, O my soul” in Psalm 103:1?

How can we “forget not His benefits” (Psalm 103:2)?

What does it mean that God has removed our sins from us “as far as the east is from the west” (Psalm 103:12)?

What does it mean that God will make our enemies a footstool (Psalm 110:1)?

What is the order of Melchizedek (Psalm 110:4; Hebrews 7:17)?

Where does the Old Testament predict the coming of Christ?

What does it mean that “the Lord said to my Lord”?

What does it mean that all men are liars (Psalm 116:11)?

What does it mean that “precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints” (Psalm 116:15)?

How can the Lord be the strength of my life (Psalm 118:14)?

What does it mean that “this is the day that the Lord has made” (Psalm 118:24)?

What does it mean that “blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” (Psalm 118:26 and others)?

What should we learn from Psalm 119?

How is God’s Word a lamp to my feet (Psalm 119:105)?

How can I have God’s Word hidden in my heart (Psalm 119:11)?

Where does my help come from (Psalm 121:1)?

What does it mean that my help comes from the Lord (Psalm 121:2)?

What does it mean that “unless the Lord builds the house” the builders labor in vain (Psalm 127:1)?

What does it mean that children are a heritage from the Lord (Psalm 127:3)?

Should everyone have a quiver full of children (Psalm 127:5)?

What does it mean that “His mercy endures forever” (Jeremiah 33:11 and Psalm 136)?

What does Psalm 137:9 mean when it says, “Happy is the one who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks”?

What is the land of the living, and how is God our portion in it (Psalm 142:5)?

What are the Songs of Ascent?

Who was David in the Bible?

What is Psalm 151? Should Psalm 151 be in the Bible?



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