Psalms 49–51; 61–66; 69–72; 77–78; 85–86 – “I Will Declare What He Hath Done for My Soul”

August 15, 2022 to August 21, 2022

The Psalms invite us to praise the Lord as a refuge, a rock, a strong tower. The Psalms reflect the joy of communing with God and express reverence, gratitude, and pleas for help. 

 

“Seeing God in His Temple: A Significant Theme in Israel’s Psalms,” Andrew C. Skinner, Ascending the Mountain of the Lord: Temple, Praise, and Worship in the Old Testament, BYU Religious Studies Center 

A significant theme in the Psalms is the idea that worshippers could come into the presence of God in his holy house in Jerusalem and see him face-to-face. Many Psalms were sung in connection with the Temple. In First Temple times, it seems that both the outward actions and the inward thoughts of the worshipper had to conform to a holy standard for the person to gain entrance into the temple precinct.

“How the Psalms Were Prepared for King James,” Margaret Tuttle Sanchez, Ensign, March 1974

A committee of scholars worked diligently to present the Psalms in flowing poetry that preserved dignified and beautiful messages of previous versions of the texts. 

“The Psalms Sung: The Power of Music in Sacred Worship,” J. Arden Hopkin and Shon D. Hopkin, Ascending the Mountain of the Lord: Temple, Praise, and Worship in the Old Testament

Psalms were often used in early Israelite practice in the context of worship. Psalms were set to music in order to enhance worship and to help draw the worshipper into a state in which she or he was prepared to commune with God. Psalms were designed to mirror important functions of the sacrificial ritual. Understanding the temple tradition of psalms can enhance sacrament and temple worship for Latter–day Saints.

“Worship: Bowing Down and Serving the Lord,” Jennifer C. LaneAscending the Mountain of the Lord: Temple, Praise, and Worship in the Old Testament

We can study worship in Old Testament vocabulary and usage, and examine what this suggests about worship in our day. Both the vocabulary and temple context of worship in the Old Testament give us a vision of worship as the embodiment of a true relationship of submission to God.

“Ye Are Gods: Psalm 82 and John 10 as Witnesses to the Divine Nature of Humankind,” Daniel C. Peterson, The Disciple as Scholar: Essays on Scripture and the Ancient World in Honor of Richard Lloyd Anderson, FARMS

Psalm 82 reflects an ancient concept of the heavenly divine council and names for God and Sons of God. Relevant Old Testament passages show that Hebrew prophets conceived themselves as standing in Yahweh’s assembly. This detailed article looks at deification in early Christianity. “The Latter-day Saint conception of humanity and divinity seems to allow a reconciliation of the broad contemporary consensus that Psalm 82 is speaking of celestial beings with the necessity, in order to see Jesus’ argument as logically respectable, that it also refers to human beings.”