Psalms by Subject


By Daniel L. Sonnenberg, 2003.

Psalms of Lamentation:

• 130 – Out of the depths

• 102 – Hear my prayer, O Lord; let my cry for help come to you

             o more appropriate than Ps 51 for public prayer

• 42 – Why are you so downcast, O my soul?

• 22 – Jesus on the cross

Psalms of Ordeal

• Psalm 26 – vindicate me O Lord, for I have led a blameless life

Psalms of Thanksgiving – votive

• 107 – Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever

            o National thxgiving; recurring theme: I was in trouble, I cried to the Lord, he    answered me; now I’m here giving him thanks

• 116 – v9 – confession of the obligation – “that I may walk before the Lord”

Psalms of Thanksgiving – festal

• 24 – who may ascend the hill of the Lord?…lift up your heads O you gates

• 46 – God is our refuge and strength

• 47 – Clap your hands

• 48 – Great is the Lord

• 84 – How lovely is your dwelling place

Fast Day Psalms

• 120 – invocation for fast day

• 46 – processional for fast day

• all the lamentation psalms

• particularly 79, 80, 81

Sabbath Psalms

• 93-100

Passover Psalms

• 113-118

Royal Psalms

• 2, 72, 110

Daily Morning Psalms

• 145-150

Wisdom Psalms

• 1, 19, 34, 111-112, 119

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Originally assembled for Hughes Oliphant Old’s course “Leading in Prayer,” Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, February 2003. 

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