Psalms 102–103; 110; 116–119; 127–128; 135–139; 146–150 – “Let Every Thing That Hath Breath Praise the Lord

August 22, 2022 to August 28, 2022

The psalms teach about the ministry of Jesus Christ and guide us to praise him.   As we praise the Lord, we may go to him in prayer or lift our hands with singing. The psalms also describe suffering and offer words of comfort.


“Gestures of Praise: Lifting and Spreading the Hands in Biblical Prayer,” David M. Calabro, Ascending the Mountain of the Lord: Temple, Praise, and Worship in the Old Testament

The ancient Israelite gesture of raising both hands in praise or supplication is mentioned in twenty–four scriptural passages, including several in Psalms. Psalms 134 and 141 mention lifting hands in a sacred place.


“Why the Psalms? How Were They Used, How Did They Come to Be?” Rodney Turner, Ensign, November 1973  

Psalms in Hebrew is “sefer tehillim,” the Book of Praises. The Psalms are intimate strugglings of the human spirit to find peace with man and God. Some of the Psalms were part of Israel’s ancient temple ritual, but most Psalms best apply to private contemplation and worship.


“With the Voice Together Shall They Sing,” Laurence P. Hemming, BYU Studies 50, no. 1

Latter-day Saints have participated with people of other religions in the scholarly study of the meaning and effect of temples in history and in modern worship. Here Laurence Hemming, a British Catholic scholar and theologian, looks back to the ancient Temple of Jerusalem to find the origin of the liturgy and, specifically, liturgical music. He says that very early Christianity saw itself as a restoration of the Temple, and today’s Catholic and Orthodox liturgy reflects that foundation.


“The Psalm of Nephi: A Lyric Reading,” Steven P. Sondrup, BYU Studies 21, no. 3

The section 2 Nephi 4:16-35 is often referred to as the Psalm of Nephi. Whether or not these verses are a psalm in strict biblical sense of the term, it is worth discussing the nature and extent of their poetic qualities and some of the most central interpretive implications inextricably connected with their lyricism.


“Psalms: Messianic Prophecies in Psalms,” Gerald E. Jones, Encyclopedia of Mormonism

This brief article quotes several psalms that are understood to prophecy of Christ.