10 Types of Psalms…

We talked Sunday (9/18/11) as we launched the new series “Psalms: Songs in the Key of Life,” about the different types of Psalms. Recognizing which type of Psalm you are reading can help explain the kind of poetry and help you to understand the metaphors being used.

Here is one list by Dr. Douglas Stuart that identifies ten different types of Psalms…

1.   Laments – Largest group; more than 60 Psalms!
            6 Common elements of Lament psalms: Address – Complaint – Trust – Deliverance – Assurance – Praise
               
Individual [including Penitential Psalms] 3, 22, 31, 39, 42, 57, 71, 88, 120, 139, 142
                Corporate 12, 44, 80, 94, 137

2.  Thanksgiving Psalms 
            5 Common elements of Thanksgiving psalms: Introduction – Misery (Distress) – Appeal – Deliverance – Testimony
           
Individual [including royal] 18, 30, 32, 34, 40, 66, 92, 116, 118, 138
                Corporate [some=hymns] 65, 67, 75, 107, 124, 136

3.   Hymns (SRR)
            Creator Hymns 8, 104, 148
                Israel Hymns 66, 100, 111
                History Hymns [including “Narrative Psalms”] 33, 145, 146, 147

4.   Enthronement Psalms [can = hymns] 24, 29, 47, 93, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99

5.   Royal Psalms 2, 18, 20, 21, 45, 72, 101, 110, 144

6.   Zion Psalms [can = hymns] 46, 48, 76, 84, 87, 122

7.   Wisdom Psalms (x/y) 1, 36, 37, 49, 73, 112, 127, 128, 133

8.   Trust Psalms [subcategory of laments] 11, 16, 23, 27, 62, 63, 91, 121, 125, 131

9.   Liturgies [somewhat catch-all] 15, 50, 68, 81, etc.

10. Torah Psalms 1, 119, etc.

Enjoy reading the Psalms as they help you express your worship, concerns and praise to God!

Resting in Him,
Steve

– This list is by Dr. Douglas Stuart, professor of Old Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Co-author with Gordon D. Fee of How to read the Bible for all its worth and How to read the Bible book by book.

 

 

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