2015 · Psalms

Other (Unmarked) Psalms Attributed to David

2015-01-20_13-53-02_01This is a list of the Psalms which aren’t specifically marked as belonging to David, but match his style and experience. I came up with this list from my own study and have also used Reverend Charles Spurgeon’s ‘Treasury of David’ as a back-up resource.

Psalm 1: But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night.
Psalm 42: As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God.
Psalm 43: this is thought to be a continuation of Psalm 42; they are a set.
Psalm 66: Shout joyful praises to God, all the earth!
Psalm 67: May the nations praise you, O God.
Psalm 71: Oh Lord, you alone are my hope.

Psalm 91 is controversial. I would like it to belong to David, however, it is unmarked, so
we can’t be sure. Jewish tradition states that an unmarked Psalm, belongs to the author of
the last marked Psalm, so it means that this Psalm could have been written by Moses. Yet,
as Psalm 92 is thought to belong to David, 91 could also be his.

Psalm 92: It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to the Most High.
Psalm 95: In Hebrews 4:7, the apostle Paul states that David wrote this Psalm.
Psalm 96: Sing a new song to the Lord!
Psalm 97: The mountains melt like wax before the Lord.
Psalm 98: Shout to the Lord, all the earth; break out in praise and sing for joy.
Psalm 100: Using the above rule, this is possibly David’s work too. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Psalm 102: This matches the wording in Psalm 6 and vs 23 would indicate adult onset diabetes. See this page.
Psalm 104: I will sing of the Lord as long as I live!
Psalms 105 and 106: these two should not have been divided, they belong together. It is a repeat of 1 Chronicles 16.
Psalms 111 and 112 are acrostic Psalms, which are typically David’s work.
Psalm 118: Give thanks to the Lord for he is good! His faithfulness endures forever.
Psalm 119: David sought to teach the people about the Lord, as is the duty of a righteous Jewish king. Due to the wording of this Psalm, this lengthy favourite is thought to be his.
Psalm 149: Sing to the Lord a new song.

As David waited on the Lord and wrote down the design and details for the temple that Solomon would build, it is thought that he also wrote many of the songs of ascent in preparation for the pilgrims, who would visit the temple. Psalms 120 to 125 are considered his, especially as 124 is marked as his work. Include Psalms 130 and 134.

135 has me intrigued. Spurgeon has stated that is is a mosaic of parts of other Psalms, but the actual author is unknown.

Psalm 136 was sung at the dedication of the first temple which David planned for. Could he have written it?


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