The Book of Psalms is a very unique Biblical text, capable of both synthesize many of the precepts of the faith, and also different events in history to inspire our faith through magnificent narratives. They can be considered as real poems, the Psalms are written in an emotional and romantic way, full of sublime expressions in which moral ethics is the cornerstone. The subject matter ranges from laments to thanksgivings, from canticles of ascent, to Psalms of Praise.
One should not praise GOD only in certain moments, such as during liturgies, festivities, or to give thanks when we have received a Grace, but as children of the Most High we are called to worship Him even in the most difficult times. Praising GOD is of paramount importance to the well being of the believer, and manages to give great strength, increasing gratitude.
Here is the list of the top 10 Psalms of Praise according to Abrahamic Study Hall, reminding you that the Psalms were written so that they can be heard as songs, and be easily understood. If you’d like, you can listen to any Psalm you like at this link. Enjoy listening!
1. Psalm 145
17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does.
18 The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
19 He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.
20 The Lord watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.
21 My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.
(Psalm 145, 17-21)
Depending on the translation of the Bible, one may find written before many Psalms an introduction, such as “A Psalm of David,” or “for the director of music,” and so on. Although words of praise are found in every Psalm, Psalm 145 is the only one designated precisely as “a Psalm of praise,” a powerful symphony and cry of joy, proclaiming the righteousness, faithfulness and glory of GOD.
In this Psalm of Praise David extols the power, goodness and mercy of the LORD. (1-9) The glory of GOD’s kingdom and His care for all who love Him. (10-21)
2. Psalm 146
1 Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, my soul.
2 I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my GOD as long as I live.
3 Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save.
(Psalm 146, 1-3)
This Psalm seems a natural continuation of Psalm 145 since its opening admonition to praise continues where 145 ends, with David’s invitation to “every creature praise His Holy Name forever and ever.”
The Psalm inspires why we should not trust in men (1-4) but instead should trust in GOD. (5-10)
3. Psalm 100
1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the Lord is GOD. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
An exhortation to praise GOD and rejoice in Him. Psalm 100 is a hymn of praise should be considered as a prophecy (as well as used as a prayer) for the arrival of the Age in which all peoples will acknowledge GOD. One must worship GOD and also do so with joy, even when we feel lost, he like a good shepherd will lead his sheep back to the fold.
Believers must know GOD, to be able to apply His Laws and spread the cosmic Love in the Creation, then we will all be closer to GOD and constant in our works. The Covenant of Grace established in the Old and New Testament Scriptures, so rich in promises, strengthens the faith of the weak, makes His people secure, so we always have a very good reason to praise the LORD.
4. Psalm 34
1 I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.
2 I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
3 Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.
4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.
6 This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.
8 Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
9 Fear the Lord, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing.
(Psalm 34, 1-9)
David in this Psalm praises GOD and encourages us to trust him.(1-10) but also to fear him as a good son would fear his parents (11-22).
If we hope for heaven, and to spend eternity in peace praising GOD, it is also fitting that we spend much of our time here on Earth in this Holy work. David’s prayers helped to take away all of his fears, and many others like him have looked to the Lord in faith and prayers being wonderfully revived and comforted. When we look at the World we remain perplexed and doubtful, but turned to GOD we are assured of being saved both on Earth and in Heaven. He truly makes blessed all those who trust in Him.
5. Psalm 111
1 Praise the Lord. I will extol the Lord with all my heart in the council of the upright and in the assembly.
2 Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them.
3 Glorious and majestic are his deeds, and his righteousness endures forever.
4 He has caused his wonders to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and compassionate.
5 He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever.
(Psalm 111, 1.5)
Our praises and our works must agree, both with the ultimate aim of accomplishing good. The works of the Lord are here considered as one, His Work, and thus all the bestowals of His Providence flow into one design. The works of GOD, if sought after with humility and righteousness, will all be just, holy and rewarded.
6. Psalm 95
1 Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.
3 For the Lord is the great GOD, the great King above all gods.
4 In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him.
5 The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.
6 Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
7 for he is our GOD and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.
(Psalm 95 1-7)
An exhortation to praise GOD (1-7) and a warning not to tempt Him. (7-11)
In verses 1-7 we understand that the proper approach to entering into the presence of GOD is in thanksgiving. The Lord is to be praised not because we want material things, but because we want good and love in our lives. The whole earth is filled with GOD, and He directs all things. Almighty GOD, blessed forever, to Him is given all power, both in heaven and on earth, He is our Savior and the Author of our happiness.
7. Psalm 92
1 It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High,
2 proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night,
3 to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp.
4 For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord; I sing for joy at what your hands have done.
5 How great are your works, Lord, how profound your thoughts!
6 Senseless people do not know, fools do not understand,
7 that though the wicked spring up like grass and all evildoers flourish, they will be destroyed forever.
8 But you, Lord, are forever exalted.
(Psalm 92, 1-8)
It is a privilege that we are permitted to praise the Lord, and we hope that our prayers and thanks are always accepted, both in the morning and in the evening, and not only on Sabbath days (of rest and feast) but on every day. He makes us happy through the works of His Providence, and we for our part must constantly make Him present in all things. Even just eating a bite of food and giving thanks in the silence of our heart is a good way to make GOD present in us.
8. Psalm 89
14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.
15 Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.
16 They rejoice in your name all day long; they celebrate your righteousness.
17 For you are their glory and strength, and by your favor you exalt our horn.
18 Indeed, our shield belongs to the Lord, our king to the Holy One of Israel.
(Psalm 89, 14-18)
In this Psalm we see all the happiness of those who are in true communion with GOD. Happy are those who know the joyful sound of the Holy Scriptures and therefore obey, knowing the precepts and experiencing them in their lives daily. The strength is in their hearts and they bear the fruit in their lives. The joy of the Lord is the strength of His people, while unbelief discourages ourselves and discourages those around us.
9. Psalm 139
13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, GOD! How vast is the sum of them!
(Psalm 139, 13-17)
We cannot see GOD, but He can see us. The psalmist does not want to move away from the Lord, knowing that in every corner of the World, he will never be able to feel his distant GOD, because He is present in the depths of his Soul. No veil can hide us, not even the thickest darkness will be able to do so, the believer cannot be removed from the comforting presence of his Almighty Father, and even if his persecutor takes his life, his Soul will ascend to heaven and he will be resurrected. The grave cannot separate his body from the love of his Savior, who will resurrect him an even more glorious body.
10. Psalm 40
1 I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.
2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
3 He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our GOD. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.
4 Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.
5 Many, Lord my GOD, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds they would be too many to declare.
(Psalm 40, 1-5)
Psalm 40 begins with a proclamation of faith and trust: “I waited patiently for the LORD; he came to me and heard my cry.” God does indeed hear our cries for help, but at the same time he helps not only because he is invoked, but also because he always supports the righteous. “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and quagmire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a stable place to stand.”
GOD cares for us and will act in due time, we must not prove impatient.
Through these examples of praise we learn about how to worship our GOD better and better. Let us make these written words just the foundation, to build our own personal household of faith.
Believers will forever remain certain that if they walk the path of praise, thanksgiving, righteousness and duty, no external circumstances can ever separate them from their GOD, believers have the gift of being able to be happy in any situation, through the exercise of faith, hope and prayer.
May GOD protect all of us, those who work for good and try to always be better people. Amen!