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Psalms

What are they?

Tehillim meaning “Praises” is the Hebrew name for the Book of Psalms. The title of the book is derived from the Greek word, Psalmoi, meaning “instrumental music” and “the words accompanying the music.”

What is the purpose?

The purpose of many is to praise and worship with music.

Who wrote them?

Most of the psalms were written by David, but there are other authors.

God’s Seal

Ephesians 1:9, 11-14

9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself,

11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, 12 that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.

13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.

What God Says About Us

John 1:12

12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:

1 John 3:1

Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.

Romans 8:14

14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God.

Romans 8:17

17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

1 Peter 2:9

9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of the darkness into His marvelous light;

2 Corinthians 5:20

20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.

Matthew 5:13

13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

Matthew 5:14

14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.

Romans 8:37

37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

Deuteronomy 28:13

13 And the LORD will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them.

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What Do They Say?

Luke 19:40

40 But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”

Psalm 146:1

Praise the LORD!
Praise the LORD, O my soul!

Isaiah 6:2-3

2 Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one cried to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts;
The whole earth is full of His glory!”

Revelation 4:8

8 The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying:

“Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God Almighty,
Who was and is and is to come!”

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