Expanded Analytical Outlines of the
Psalms

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"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." Psalm 119:105






























Each of the Psalms here consists not only of an Analytical Outline, but also the Scripture Text, which is incorporated into each Psalm.  The Version of choice is the New American Standard Bible. Scripture quotations are taken from the NASB.  Used by Permission.



Crab Nebula

"The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands."
Psalm 19:1


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Note:  As of October 25, 2010, Available Psalms include 1-150.


An Audio Visual Representation of Psalm 83


Book 1:  Psalms 1-41 
  • Psalm 1 - The Two Ways:  The Way of the Righteous and the Way of the Wicked"
  • Psalm 2 - "Yahweh's Installation of His Anointed King on Zion to Vanquish the Revolt of the Nations"
  • Psalm 3 - "Betrayal:  A Prayer to God During a Crisis of Rebellion and Betrayal Within the Family"
  • Psalm 4 - "Faith Amid Opposition!"
  • Psalm 5 - "A Plea for Help Because of Enemies"
  • Psalm 6 - "David's Plea for Relief from the Anguish of Enemy Attacks"
  • Psalm 7 - "A Prayer for Deliverance From and Vindication Concerning Enemies"
  • Psalm 8 - "Praise to Yahweh, Who Crowned Mere Man King of the Earth"
  • Psalm 9 - "Praise and Pleas for the Destruction by Yahweh, Just Judge, of David's Wicked Enemies"
  • Psalm 10 - "Distress at the Marauding Evil of the Wicked; Prayer of Faith That King Yahweh Will Protect the Persecuted and Destroy the Wicked"
  • Psalm 11 - "An Affirmation of Trust in Yahweh as the Only Viable Refuge for the Righteous and the Scourge of the Wicked"
  • Psalm 12 - "A Prayer to Yahweh for Preservation from the Dishonest, Abusive Wicked"
  • Psalm 13 - "David's Mournful Plea to Yahweh for Victory Over His Enemies"
  • Psalm 14 - "A Plea for the Salvation of Israel from Corrupt Humanity"
  • Psalm 15 - "The Blameless Lifestyle of The One Qualified for Fellowship with Yahweh"'
  • Psalm 16 - "David's Reliance Upon Yahweh in Life and in Death"
  • Psalm 17 - "A Plea for Just Deliverance from Enemies"
  • Psalm 18 - "Praise to Yahweh for Deliverance from Enemies"
  • Psalm 19 - "The Glory and Perfection of God's Word"
  • Psalm 20 - "Prayer for the King Going into Battle"
  • Psalm 21 - "Thanks for Blessings; Anticipation of Future Military Success"
  • Psalm 22 - "The Suffering and Praise of the Anointed King" (Typifying Christ, the Good Shepherd)
  • Psalm 23 - "Yahweh, the Great Shepherd" (Typifying Christ, the Great Shepherd)
  • Psalm 24 - "The Worship of Creator God, King of Israel" (Typifying Christ, the Chief Shepherd)
  • Psalm 25 - "David's Request for Preservation Based on the Goodness of Yahweh"
  • Psalm 26 - "David's Plea for Vindication and Mercy Based on His Integrity"
  • Psalm 27 - "David's Confidence in and Dependence upon Yahweh, with Whom He Fellowships in the Sanctuary"
  • Psalm 28 - "David's Prayer for Judgment upon the Wicked; His Grateful Request for Blessing upon the Nation"
  • Psalm 29 - "Praising Yahweh's Sovereign Power in a Storm!"
  • Psalm 30 - "David's Dedicatory Song of Praise for Yahweh's Merciful Deliverance from Death"
  • Psalm 31 - "David's Desperate Desire for Divine Deliverance from His Dire Distress"
  • Psalm 32 - "The Blessed Relief From Forgiveness"
  • Psalm 33 - "Praise Psalm!"
  • Psalm 34 - "Praise Because it Pays to Ask God for Help!"
  • Psalm 35 - "David's Plea for the Demise of and Relief from His Adversaries"
  • Psalm 36 - "David's Prayer for Yahweh, in Loyal Love, to Protect the Upright from the Wicked"
  • Psalm 37 - "David's Counsel to the Righteous to Trust in Yahweh, Not Worry about the Apparent Success of the Wicked"
  • Psalm 38 - "David's Anguished Reliance upon Yahweh Because of Discipline for His Sin"
  • Psalm 39 - "David's Plaintive Request for Yahweh to Remove His Discipline for His Sins before He Dies"
  • Psalm 40 - "David's Praise of and Pleas to Yahweh, the Deliverer"
  • Psalm 41 - "David's Instructive Prayer for Forgiveness, Healing, and Deliverance from His Enemies"
Book 2:  Psalms 42 - 72
  • Psalm 42 - "The Yearning of the Exiled, Despairing Soul for Fellowship in God's Presence"
  • Psalm 43 - "The Psalmist's Plea to Rescue Him from Exile and Take Him to Jerusalem to Worship"
(Psalm 42 and Psalm 43 are one psalm in the Hebrew text, although the numbering system remains the same.)
  • Psalm 44 - "A Plea for God to Reinstate His Past Assistance of Israel"
  • Psalm 45 - "Praise to the King at His Wedding" (An historical psalm typifying the upcoming marriage of the ultimate Davidic King Jesus to His bride, the Church)
  • Psalm 46 - "Praise to God for His Protection of Israel During Chaos and Assault!"
  • Psalm 47 - "Praise to Yahweh, Enthroned Messiah, Who Rules All Nations" [This is an Enthronement Psalm.]
  • Psalm 48 - "Israel's Worship of Yahweh Elohim as the Eternal Guardian of Beautiful Zion, His City!"
  • Psalm 49 - "A Proverb on the Demise of the Wealthy Wicked and the Resurrection of the Righteous Poor"
  • Psalm 50 - "God's Conviction of Israel for Formalism in Worship and Hypocrisy in Living"
  • Psalm 51 - "A Prayer for Cleansing"
  • Psalm 52 - "The Consolation of the Righteous at God's Judgment of the Powerful Wicked"
  • Psalm 53 - The Eventual Triumph of Israel over Depraved, Antagonistic Humanity"
  • Psalm 54 - "David's Confident Prayer for Deliverance from His Foes"
  • Psalm 55 - "David's Plea to God for Deliverance from Enemies and Betrayal"
  • Psalm 56 - "David's Emotional Call Upon God in Time of Grave Danger"
  • Psalm 57 - "David's Plea for Deliverance from His Enemies; His Resolve to Praise God"
  • Psalm 58 - "David's Prayer for Vengeance Upon Evil Rulers"
  • Psalm 59 - "Plea and Praise for Deliverance from Foes"
  • Psalm 60 - "A Desperate Plea for Victory over Edom"
  • Psalm 61 - "Royal Plea and Gratitude for Deliverance"
  • Psalm 62 - "Exhortation to Trust in Elohim Based on Personal Example"
  • Psalm 63 - "Search for God in the Desert Yielding Praise and Hope"
  • Psalm 64 - "David's Plea for Protection from Enemy Conspiracies; His Assurance Elohim Would Turn Their Plots Against Them"
  • Psalm 65 - "Praise for Elohim's Power in Salvation and Creation"
  • Psalm 66 - "A Call to the Nations to Worship Elohim"
  • Psalm 67 - "A Prayer That All Nations May Joyfully Bless Elohim Because of His Blessing of Israel and His Fair Judgment and Guidance of All Nations"
  • Psalm 68 - "In Praise of God's Past Victories on Israel's Behalf as a Guarantee of His Establishment of His Victorious Residence on the Temple Mount Worshipfully Acknowledged by All Peoples!"
  • Psalm 69 - "David's Cry for Vindication and Deliverance in View of Adversaries Who Mistreat Him for His Zeal for God"
  • Psalm 70 - "David's Plea for Deliverance, Doom, and Devotion"
  • Psalm 71 - "A Plea for Protection and a Vow of Praise"
  • Psalm 72 - "A Prayer for the Spiritual, Political , Economic, and Agricultural Success of the King's Universal Reign"
Book 3 - Psalms 73 - 89
  • Psalm 73 - "The Easy, Enviable Life of the Wicked Contrasted with the Destiny of the Wicked and the Righteous"
  • Psalm 74 - "A Lament over God's Rejection of Israel and a Plea for Him to Remember and Act" (see also Psalm 79)
  • Psalm 75 - "Praise of Elohim for His Judgment of the Arrogant Wicked and His Elevation of the Righteous"
  • Psalm 76 - "Elohim, Resident of Zion, and Angry Defender of Israel and of the Humble of the Earth, is to be Feared by Israeli and Gentile Alike, for He Comes to Judge"
  • Psalm 77 - "Asaph's Despair over God's Present Rejection of Israel Tempered by His Rehearsal of God's Past Redemption"
  • Psalm 78 - "God's Gracious Leading of Israel Despite Her Rebellion"
  • Psalm 79 - "Lament and Plea Concerning the Destruction of Jerusalem" (see also Psalm 74)
  • Psalm 80 - "A Plea to the Shepherd of Israel to Resume His Protection of Israel, His Vine"
  • Psalm 81 - "A Festive Encouragement of Israel to Obey God"
  • Psalm 82 - "Elohim's Judgment of Earth's Judges"
  • Psalm 83 - "A Plea for Judgment upon the Multi-National Conspiracy against God and His People, Israel"
  • Psalm 83 -  An Audio Visual Representation of Psalm 83. "A Prayer for Israel" created by A Christian Witness
  • Psalm 84 - "Passion for, Pilgrimage to, and Prayer in the House of God"
  • Psalm 85 - "Acknowledgment of God's Past Favor, Agony over His Present Anger, Anticipation of Future Salvation, Righteousness, and Bounty"
  • Psalm 86 - "David's Plea to Sovereign Yahweh Elohim Adonai to Continue to Rescue Him from His Enemies"
  • Psalm 87 - "In Praise of Yahweh's Granting 'Born in Zion, His Favorite City Status' to Multitudes of Gentiles!"
  • Psalm 88 - "A Psalm of Distress and Despondency"
  • Psalm 89 - "A Plaintive Plea for God to Keep His Covenant with David"
Book 4:  Psalms 90 - 106
  • Psalm 90 - "A Plea for Eternal God's Blessing upon our Short Lives!"
  • Psalm 91 - "The Security and Protection of Trusting in God"
  • Psalm 92 - "In Praise of Yahweh for His Triumph over His Enemies and His Care for the Righteous"
With the exception of Psalm 94, Psalms 93-99 are Enthronement Psalms. So also is Psalm 47.
Enthronement psalms celebrate God  reigning as the greatest King.
Eschatologically, they anticipate the return of Jesus Christ to reign over the earth.
  • Psalm 93 - "The Superiority of Yahweh's Reign"
  • Psalm 94 - "A Plea and Assurance That Yahweh Will Eventually Avenge His Chastened People"
  • Psalm 95 - "A Call to Worship God, the Great King, Not Doubt Him"
  • Psalm 96 - "All Peoples Commanded to Praise God Because He Is Coming to Set the Earth Aright!"
  • Psalm 97 - "The Reactions of Joy and Fear to the Reign of Yahweh, King of the Earth"
  • Psalm 98 - "The Call to All the Earth to Praise King Yahweh, Israel's Savior, for He Is Coming to Judge the Earth!"
  • Psalm 99 - "The Call to  Worship Yahweh for His Reign over Israel and the World"
  • Psalm 100 - "A Procession to the Temple, Calling for Universal, Joyful Praise to Yahweh for His Faithful, Loyal Love to His People"
  • Psalm 101 - "David's Pursuit of Righteousness in His Own Life and in His Kingdom"
  • Psalm 102 - "A Prayer of the Afflicted, Reassuring Himself in Yahweh's Eternal Compassion for Zion"
  • Psalm 103 - "David's Call to Bless Yahweh for His Eternal Loyal Love and Compassion"
  • Psalm 104 - "In Praise of Yahweh's Sovereignty over His Created Earth, Ultimately Purified"
  • Psalm 105 - "Praise to Yahweh for Delivering Israel from Egypt into the Promised Land!"
  • Psalm 106 - "Confession of National Sin and Plea for Regathering of the Diaspora"
Book 5:  Psalms 107 - 150
  • Psalm 107 - "Thanks to Yahweh for His Loyal Love and Wonders"
  • Psalm 108 - "Praise of Elohim Yahweh and Plea for Israel's Deliverance"
  • Psalm 109 - "David's Imprecations Against His Adversaries"
  • Psalm 110 - "The Anticipation of Messiah's Reign from Zion as King, Priest, and Judge"'
  • Psalm 111 - "Wisdom Subsists in Praising God's Works and His Character"
  • Psalm 112 - "The Blessedness of the Man Who Fears Yahweh"
  • Psalm 113 - "The Call to Praise Yahweh Because He is Great and Good"
  • Psalm 114 - "The Exodus Miracles of the God of Jacob"
  • Psalm 115 - "The Call to Israel to Trust in Yahweh, Her Supreme God of Glory"
  • Psalm 116 - "Gratitude to Yahweh for the Blessings of His Salvation"
  • Psalm 117 - "A Universal Call to Praise Yahweh"
  • Psalm 118 - "Festal Praise to Yahweh En Route to and Within the Temple"
  • Psalm 119 - "An Acrostic of God's Word"
Psalms 120-134:  Songs of Ascent.
Each of these psalms contains the title "A Song of Ascent." They are to be sung by pilgrims ascending to Zion to worship Yahweh in His Sanctuary
  • Psalm 120 - "The Psalmist's Lament over Deceitful Warmongers"
  • Psalm 121 - "The Pilgrims' Praise of Yahweh, Protector of Israel"
  • Psalm 122 - "A Joyful, Heartfelt Prayer for Jerusalem"
  • Psalm 123 - "Dependence on Yahweh Elohim Because of Scornful Neighbors"
  • Psalm 124 - "Israel's Praise to Yahweh for Intervention against the Assaults of Surrounding Nations"
  • Psalm 125 -  "Assurance of Deliverance from the Evil Inherent in Foreign Domination"
  • Psalm 126 - "Exuberant Acknowledgment of the Return of Israel to Her Promised Land"
  • Psalm 127 - "The Importance of Living Life in Dependence upon Yahweh"
  • Psalm 128 - "The Blessings of Those Who Fear Yahweh!"
  • Psalm 129 - "Israel's Acknowledgment of Yahweh's Deliverance from Haters of Zion"
  • Psalm 130 - "Cry for Clemency; Repose in Redemption"
  • Psalm 131 - "A Call for Child-Like Trust in Yahweh"
  • Psalm 132 - "Yahweh's Revelation, in Response to Prayer, of His Choice to Reside in Zion, Blessing It Through His Davidic Messiah"
  • Psalm 133 - "The Beauty of Israeli Unity Experienced at National Festivals"
  • Psalm 134 - "Reciprocal Benedictory Festival Blessings"
  • Psalm 135 - "A Call to All Israel to Praise and Bless Yahweh, the Supreme God"
  • Psalm 136 - "A Call to Thank Yahweh, Supreme God, for Demonstrating His Eternal, Loyal Love"
  • Psalm 137 - "Zion's Exiles Weep in Babylon; The Psalmist Vows to Remember Jerusalem and Calls for Terrible, Divine Justice on Zion's Enemies"
  • Psalm 138 - "International Gratitude to Yahweh for His Ways and His Words"
  • Psalm 139 - "Man's Response to the Infinity of Yahweh Elohim"
  • Psalm 140 - "David's Prayer for Protection from and Judgment upon His Foes"

  • Psalm 141 - "A Plea for Protection from the Wicked"
  • Psalm 142 - "A Cry to Yahweh in the Cave"
  • Psalm 143 - "David's Prayer for Yahweh's Merciful, Instructive Deliverance from Enemy Oppression"
  • Psalm 144 - "A Prayer of David for Divine Enablement and Protection in Battle, Accompanied by Divine Blessing upon Israel"
  • Psalm 145 - "The Universal, Eternal Praise of Yahweh"
Psalms 146-150:  Hallelujah Psalms.
Each of these psalms begins and ends with the Imperative "Hallelu - Yah!" (Praise Yah!)
  • Psalm 146 - "Praise to Yahweh Elohim for His Support of the Afflicted and the Down-Trodden"
  • Psalm 147 - "Praise to Yahweh for His Restoration of, Provision for, and Revelation to Israel"
  • Psalm 148 - "Let all Creation in the Heavens and Earth Praise Yahweh!"
  • Psalm 149 - "Israel Urged to Praise Yahweh, Her Creator-King, for Using Her in Holy War to Judge Rebellious Nations"
  • Psalm 150 - "Concluding Commands to All Everywhere to Praise Yahweh!"

Royal Psalms

Royal Psalms are so designated because their theme is the supreme King. Royal Psalms include Pss. 218, 20, 21, 45, 72, 89, 101, 110, 132, and 144 (Charles C. Ryrie, Ryrie Study Bible, note on Psalm 2).

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Updated March 24, 2014