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Who Wrote the Psalms

by on June 03, 2021

Key Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

As we read from yesterday, the Psalms span a time frame of about 1000 years. Two-thirds of the writers of the Psalms are identified in the superscriptions or title at the top of the Psalm. We know that King David wrote at least 73 of the Psalms. Second Samuel 23:1 tells us David was "the anointed of the God of Jacob, the sweet psalmist of Israel."

David also organized the temple ministry, including the singers (1 Chronicles 15:16; 16:7; 25:1). The Sons of Korah were descendants of Levi, who served as musicians and gatekeepers in the temple at Jerusalem, wrote ten Psalms (Ps. 42, 44-49, 84, 85, and 87). Asaph was the father of the clan of temple musicians who served throughout the history of the temple. Asaph and sons wrote 12 (Ps. 50, 73-83). King Solomon, son of David, wrote two (Ps. 72, 127). Moses wrote Psalm 90 during the time the Israelites were in the wilderness after God brought them out of Egypt. Heman the Ezrahite, was a musician from the family of Kohathites, who founded the Korahite choir (2 Chronicles 5:12) wrote Psalm 88. He may be the same person who was one of the wise men during Solomon's reign (1 Kings 4:31) along with Ethan, the Ezrahite who wrote Psalm 89. The remaining Psalms remain anonymous, although Ezra is thought to be the author of some.

Dr. W. Robert Godfrey states that the Psalms are words of God given to us to speak to Him. Through this book, God has given us a rich songbook and divinely inspired guide for our prayers.

Questions to Consider: Have you ever prayed the Psalms back to God? If not, would you like to learn? If your answer is yes, have you taught someone else how to pray the Psalms?

Prayer Prompts:

  • Read and meditate on Psalm 19.
  • Father, thank You for the Psalms. I love You, Father, and Your Word. Please give me wisdom as I read through Your Word that I will look more like Jesus. Forgive me for my lack of faith at times create in me a clean heart and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

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