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About the Book of Psalms
Psalms contains 150 songs in 5 books.
Book 1: Psalms 1-41
Book 2: Psalms 42-72
Book 3: Psalms 73-89
Book 4: Psalms 90-106
Book 5: Psalms 107-150
Most of the psalms show the name of the writer at the top. King David wrote many of them. He lived almost 1,000 years before Jesus Christ.
The writers wrote the psalms for several different purposes. In some psalms, they remembered what God had done for his people in the past. There are happy psalms that praise God because he is great and good. In other psalms, the writers pray to God for help and they ask him to save them. Sometimes they pray that God will forgive them for the bad things that they have done. In some psalms, the writers ask God to destroy their enemies. Many of the psalms look to future times when God's special King, the Messiah, will rule everything.
The psalms show how God worked in the lives of his people. They include many things that still happen in the lives of people today. Many people find help as they read the Psalms. We can read them when we are happy and we want to praise God. We can also read them if we are sad and we want God to help us. If we trust God, we know that he will help us in our trouble.
The psalms tell us how great and powerful God is. They show us that bad things make him angry. They also show how much he loves us.