Psalms 102-103; 110; 116-119; 127-128; 135-139; 146-150: “Let Every Thing That Hath Breath Praise the Lord” (August 22-28)

King David,” by Peter Paul Rubens,

When God gives us responsibilities, He also provides power to help us fulfill them. That assurance returns time and time again in the last 50 psalms. Melchizedek received the eternal priesthood power of God (Psalm 110:4). Joseph became resilient through the trials he experienced (Psalm 105:17-18). And parents are fortified by the knowledge that they have inherited their children from God (Psalm 127:3-5).

We plead for his help with the simple word “Hosanna,” which is both a supplication and a declaration of faith (Psalm 118:25). As we seek God’s help to fulfill our duties, we can be assured that His arms of mercy are extended to us (Psalm 136:12), and that we are building on a solid foundation (Psalm 118:22-23).

Here are some blog posts you may find useful as we study the last 50 psalms this week:

Psalm #Blog Post(s)
105“Iron Hath Entered His Soul”
What Is an Elder?
109In Their Stead
110A Priest Forever
Without Beginning of Days or End of Years – Alma 13:8-9.
116“Stronger than the Cords of Death”
The Loosing of the Bands of Death – Alma 11:40-41
“The Only Sure Foundation” – Jacob 4:15-18.
119“Let Them…Not Tarry”
127An Heritage of the Lord
136The Arms of Mercy

Blog Posts: August 23-28

All Creatures

Based on: Psalm 148 Core message: The more fully we embrace our identity as sons and daughters of God, the more of a connection we feel with His other creations. Related Book of Mormon passages: Mosiah 28:3, Alma 18:28-36, Alma 22:10-13

A Lamp Unto My Feet

Based on: Psalm 119:105 Core message: God sometimes lights the path just in front of our feet, showing us only the next step we should take. Related Book of Mormon passage: 1 Nephi 4:6

“O, My Soul”

Based on: Psalm 103:1-5 Core message: We can praise God collectively, but the choice to participate is an individual one which we must each make. Related Book of Mormon passage: 2 Nephi 4:28, 30

O Be Joyful

Based on: Psalm 100 Core message: The gospel can bring pure joy into our lives if we will just get out of our own way and let it happen. Related Book of Mormon passages: 1 Nephi 1:15, 2 Nephi 9:3, 2 Nephi 11:8

The Book of Psalms and the Book of Mormon

The brass plates which Lehi and his family carried from Jerusalem contained a lot of content which overlaps with the Old Testament. Nephi describes three categories of writings, which correspond with three of the four groupings of books in the Old Testament: “The five books of Moses” – The Law (Genesis through Deuteronomy)”A record of…

Nephi’s Psalm and the Book of Psalms

There’s a passage in the Book of Mormon that is commonly called Nephi’s Psalm. Immediately after quoting his father’s final words to each of his children and then announcing the death of his father, Nephi becomes introspective. For twenty one verses, he expresses emotions ranging from despair to resolution before imploring God to help him…

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