This outline identifies some of the doctrinal topics addressed in these psalms. As you study, certain words, images, or ideas may stand out to you. What do you feel the Lord is trying to teach you?
Psalms 49: Men cannot be ransomed or redeemed by wealth—God alone can redeem a soul from the grave—The glory of a rich man ceases with his death.
Psalms 50: Asaph speaks of the Second Coming—The Lord accepts the sacrifices of the righteous and will deliver them—Those whose conduct is right will see the salvation of God.
Psalms 51: David pleads for forgiveness after he went in to Bathsheba—He pleads, Create in me a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within me.
Psalms 61: David finds shelter in the Lord, abides in the Lord’s presence, and keeps his own vows.
Psalms 62: David praises God as his defense, his rock, and his salvation—The Lord judges men according to their works.
Psalms 63: David thirsts for God, whom he praises with joyful lips.
Psalms 64: David prays for safety—The righteous will be glad in heart.
Psalms 65: David speaks of the blessedness of God’s chosen—The Lord sends rain and good things upon the earth.
Psalms 66: Praise and worship the Lord—He tests and tries men—Sacrifices are to be offered in His house.
Psalms 69: A messianic psalm of David—The zeal of the Lord’s house has eaten Him up—Reproach has broken His heart—He is given gall and vinegar to drink—He is persecuted—He will save Zion.
Psalms 70: David proclaims, Let God be magnified.
Psalms 71: David praises God with thanksgiving—Who is like unto the Lord!
Psalms 72: David speaks of Solomon, who is made a type of the Messiah—He will have dominion—His name will endure forever—All nations will call him blessed—The whole earth will be filled with the glory of the Lord.
Psalms 77: The righteous cry unto the Lord—They remember the wonders of old, how He redeemed the sons of Jacob and led Israel like a flock.
Psalms 78: The Israelites are to teach the Lord’s law to their children—Disobedient Israel provoked the Lord in the wilderness—The Egyptian plagues are recounted—The Lord chooses and blesses Judah and David.
Resources on ChurchofJesusChrist.org
- Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families (lesson materials at ChurchofJesusChrist.org)
- Come, Follow Me—For Sunday School (lesson materials at ChurchofJesusChrist.org)
- Come, Follow Me—For Aaronic Priesthood Quorums and Young Women Classes (lesson materials at ChurchofJesusChrist.org)
- Come, Follow Me—For Primary (lesson materials at ChurchofJesusChrist.org)
- “I Need Thee Every Hour,” Hymns, no. 98.
- Thoughts to Keep in Mind: Reading Poetry in the Old Testament
- Old Testament Seminary Student Material: Lesson 113: Psalms (Part 1)
- Old Testament Seminary Student Material: Lesson 115: Psalms (Part 2)
- Old Testament Study Guide for Home-Study Seminary Students: Unit 23: Day 1, Psalms, Part 2
- Old Testament Institute Student Manual Genesis-2 Samuel: The Psalms: Songs from the Heart of Israel
Resources on Interpreter Foundation
- Scripture Roundtable: Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 25, “Let Every Thing That Hath Breath Praise the Lord”, Administration, May 31, 2014
- From Dust to Exalted Crown: Royal and Temple Themes Common to the Psalms and the Dead Sea Scrolls, David J. Larsen, May 31, 2021
- The Handclasp, the Temple, and the King, Matthew B. Brown, February 15, 2021
- Ascending into the Hill of the Lord: What the Psalms Can Tell Us About the Rituals of the First Temple, David J. Larsen, June 29, 2020
Resources on Other Sites
- Why Did Lehi Quote from a Psalm of Repentance In His Dream?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #325, June 12, 2017
- Was the Requirement of a "Broken Heart" Known Before the Time of Christ?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #27, February 5, 2016
- What are the Origins of Lehi's Understanding of the Fall?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #28, February 8, 2016
- Why Does Jacob Quote So Much from the Psalms?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #62, March 25, 2016
- Beware Concerning Yourselves, Anthony D. Perkins, October 2012 General Conference
- Clean Hands and a Pure Heart, David A. Bednar, October 2007 General Conference
- 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
- Joseph Smith Papers, Revelation 12 July 1843 [D&C 132]
- Pornography, Dallin H. Oaks, April 2005 General Conference
- 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
- 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
- With the Voice Together Shall They Sing, Laurence P. Hemming, BYU Studies 50, no. 1
- Worship: Bowing Down and Serving the Lord, Jennifer C. Lane, Ascending the Mountain of the Lord: Temple, Praise, and Worship in the Old Testament