Old Testament
Lesson 25
“Let Every Thing That Hath Breath Praise the Lord”

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us show our gratitude for the Savior and for the many blessings that he and our Heavenly Father have given us.

Scripture references for study:  Psalms
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Lesson 25 Handout (PDF)

The Book Of Psalms

The book of Psalms is a unique book among the books of scripture.

The themes and concepts found within the pages of Psalms are scattered throughout the book.

Who wrote the Psalms?

To begin to understand the Psalms it is important to realize that the ancient poets and prophets were composing works to be received and transmitted orally. Most Israelites did not have copies of the written records in their homes and were dependent on the spoken word.

The Lord Is My Shepherd

The book of Psalms is a collection of poems originally sung as praises or petitions to God. Our study of the Psalms should not be so much academic in nature, but cause us to rejoice in the Lord and his wonderful blessings.

President Hugh B. Brown tells the following story about a reading of the 23rd Psalm:
    Brethren and sisters, I bring to you a testimony concerning the Redeemer of the world, the Son of God, Jesus of Nazareth; a testimony of my own personal knowledge that he lives and that he is my Redeemer and my friend. I bring to you a challenge that you learn of him and follow him, emulate his life and apply in your lives the principles of his gospel, that you may achieve immortality and eternal life and eternal increase. When I speak of knowing him, I am reminded of another incident that occurred in New York recently when a great actor at the close of a performance one evening was greeted with thunderous and repeated applause, to which he responded again and again; and then, someone in the audience called him by name and said, "Would you read for us the 23rd Psalm?"
    The actor was somewhat surprised, but he responded and said, "Yes, I know the words of the 23rd Psalm," and he repeated them. He read the Psalm as an actor would read a drama with gestures and proper emphasis, it was doubtless impressive but not very inspiring, but when he finished there was more applause. Then the actor, calling for silence, said, "Ladies and gentlemen, there is an elderly man sitting on the front row with whom I am acquainted. I am going to ask him, without notice, to come to the stage and really read the 23rd Psalm.
    "The old man, of course was frightened, but he made his way to the stage, and looking out over that sea of faces was almost panic-stricken until he closed his eyes, folded his hands, and prayerfully said:
    "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    "He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
    "He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
    "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
    "Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
    "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever."
    When the old man sat down, there was impressive silence, there was no applause, but there was not a dry eye in the house. The actor, wiping his own eyes, stepped forward and said, "Ladies and gentlemen, I know the words of the 23rd Psalm, but this man knows the Shepherd."
(Continuing the Quest, pp335-336)

This should be our ultimate aim in studying the Psalms and all of the scriptures, to learn not just the words, but to come to know the Shepherd.

Prophecies Of The Life And Mission Of Jesus Christ

The atonement of Jesus Christ was the greatest event of all time. It was only natural that the ancients would look forward to this event and write of it. Let's read a few of the prophecies of the mission of Jesus Christ found in the book of Psalms and their fulfillment as found in the New Testament.



Psalm 107:23-30 Matthew 8:23-27  Jesus calmed the winds and the waves
Psalm 69:20 Mark 14:32-41  Jesus suffered alone in Gethsemane
Psalm 22:16 Mark 15:25  Jesus was crucified
Psalm 22:1 Matthew 27:46  Jesus asked why the Father had forsaken him
Psalm 34:20 John 19:33-36  Jesus bones not broken
Psalm 31:5 Luke 23:46  Jesus commended his spirit to the Father and died
Psalm 16:10 Acts 2:31-32  The Savior's flesh did not see corruption,
being raised up in the Resurrection


You might conclude this section by playing the Lift Up Your Heads (chorus) from Handel's Messiah, based on Psalm 24:7-10.

The Lord Hath Dealt Bountifully With Thee

In addition to prophesying of the Savior's life and mission, many psalms express gratitude for blessings such as the creation of heaven and earth; the Savior's mercy, forgiveness, and love; the scriptures; and the temple. After you read each verse, consider the following:

The creation of heaven and earth.

The Savior's mercy, forgiveness, and love.

The scriptures.

The temple.

What Shall I Render Unto The Lord For All His Benefits Toward Me?

"What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits?" (Psalm 116:12)

We are truly blessed by the Lord. We should praise him both in word and in deed.

Trust In The Lord

READ PSALM 4:5. Trust in the Lord.

Gospel Doctrine Notebook

As the ancients gave praise to the Lord through their Psalms, we should also praise the Lord by raising our voices in prayer, in song, and in action. Consider these words from Bruce R. McConkie:  "When I think that the Lord has a living oracle guiding his earthly kingdom, and that there are apostles and prophets who walk the earth again; when I think that the Lord has given us—the gift and power of the Holy Ghost so that we have the revelations of heaven and the power to sanctify our souls; when I think of the unnumbered blessings—the gifts, the miracles, the promise that the family unit shall go on everlastingly, all the blessings that are poured out upon us, and offered freely to all men everywhere—my desire to praise the Lord and proclaim his goodness and grace knows no bounds. And so in this spirit of praise and thanksgiving . . . I shall conclude with these words of my own psalm:

Write your own psalm or song of praise and thanksgiving.

Resources Used In This Lesson

Continuing the Quest by Hugh B. Brown.


Unlocking The Old Testament by Victor L. Ludlow.

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