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Saturday, July 19, 2014

20 July 2014

Lesson 25:  Let Everything That Hath Breath Praise The Lord

This lesson covers the Book of Psalms.

Here is the link to the lesson from the Teacher's Manual:  Lesson 25

Here is the link to the lesson from the Class Member Study Guide:  Lesson 25

I would like to start off with listening to Psalm 117 - in Hebrew.  Hebrew is the language of the Jewish people, and the language of the Old Testament.  Click on the mp3 on the upper right corner of the following page to hear Psalm 117 recited.

Psalm 117

The Psalms are known as the ancient hymns for the House of Israel.  They were initially chanted, and later a melody was added to make it a hymn.

Many of the hymns in the Hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the hymnal used in Church) come from the Psalms.

Which hymn was made based upon Psalm 117?  If you look in the hymnal, you will find on Pages 410 - 414 a section that gives you hymn numbers according to scriptures.  This will help you to find a hymn according to a particular scripture you are looking for.  In this case, the hymn for Psalm 117 is:

Praise The Lord With Heart And Voice - Hymn 73

What exactly are Psalms and who wrote them?

Many came from David, but not all of them.  A better explanation is found in the Bible Dictionary.

Some pronunciations can be helpful when reading this.

Tehillim  - te - hee - leem

Mizmor - mees - mor

King James Bible was in 1611

Psalms 23 - per the Harvard Bible 1640 - Bay Psalm Book

The Lord to me a Shepherd is want, therefore shall I not
He in the folds of tender grass doth cause me down to lie
to waters calm me gently leads
restores my soul doth he
he doth in paths of righteousness for his names sake lead me
yea though in the valley of deaths shade I walk none will I fear
because thou art with me thy rod and staff my comfort are
For me a table thou has spread,
in preference of my foes,
thou doth anoint my head with oil,
my cup it over-flows.
Goodness and mercy surely shall all my days follow me,
and in the Lord's house shall I dwell so long as days shall be.

Common phrases used that come from Psalms

Joyful noise
sweet as honey
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Sections to cover:

1.  Prophecies of the life and mission of Jesus Christ

2.  "The Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee"

3.  "What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits towards me?"

4. "Trust in the Lord"