Psalms Commentaries

PSALMS RESOURCES
Commentaries, Sermons, Illustrations, Devotionals

COLLECTION OF COMMENTARIES — ON THE PSALMS PART 1

PSALMS VERSE BY VERSE TOOL
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Multiple Resources on a Specific Verse
Studylight.org

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ALBERT BARNES
Notes on Psalms

Comments generally verse by verse and will be retrieved in the "Psalms Verse by Verse Tool"

Spurgeon: "Thoroughly good. Using these notes constantly, we more and more struck with their value. For the general run of preachers this is probably the best commentary extant."

JOSEPH A ALEXANDER
(1864)

Spurgeon had high praise for Alexander's work writing that it "Occupies a first place among expositions. It is a clear and judicious explanation of the text, and cannot be dispensed with. (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students: Commenting and Commentaries)

Rosscup adds: This is one of the more thorough older exegetical works on the Hebrew text. It represents a re-working of the famous commentary on Psalms by E. Hengstenberg. (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)

David Malick - "This is a good commentary. He uses some Hebrew words but do not let that turn you away. You usually can figure out which word his is discussing from the rest of the sentence." (Selected Bibliography on the Book of Psalms)

See other formats - Word = Doc, Acrobat = Pdf shows table of contents - easy to navigate, Web = Html

WILLIAM BARRICK
Psalms Commentary Notes
Professor of Old Testament & Director of ThD Studies at Master's Seminary

Audio available on some but not all Psalms

Comment - If you are preaching or teaching the Psalms be sure to check Dr Barrick's resource as he has brief well done comments, a suggested hymn to sing with the Psalm, suggested prayers from the Psalm and application of the Psalm. Updated December 29, 2015

BRIAN BELL
Sermon Notes on
Books of Psalms
Frequent illustrations useful if you are teaching or preaching Psalms
Updated December 29, 2015

The Biblical Illustrator
Book of Psalms
Comments generally verse by verse
These notes are also retrieved by the "Psalms Verse by Verse Tool"

BIBLE.ORG RESOURCES
That Reference Psalms
"The largest Bible Study Resource on the Web"

Search the Scriptures at Bible.org

MORE STUDIES RELATED TO THE PSALMS

CHARLES BRIDGES — EXPOSITION OF PSALM 119
1827

Rosscup: This is a classic of detail on the psalm, with much rich, solid and provocative discussion that deeply feeds the serious heart. It first appeared in 1827 and continues to be published. Bridges (1794–1869) has a way of relating the truth to other parts of Scripture and to the spiritual life that reflects a profound grasp of things. He is wordy, leaving few stones unturned, but there are many veins of gold beneath the stones. The famous interpretation of details in the longest psalm is mingled with suggestions for self-examination, prayer and other stimulating devotional material. An 8-pp. index of subjects at the end is helpful at times in locating a discussion. (Rosscup, J. 2004. Commentaries for Biblical Expositors)

Or Pdf [Acrobat]

ALAN CARR
Expository Sermons
Book of Psalms
Updated December 29, 2015

STEVEN COLE
Expositional Sermons

Click Here for the Mp3 Version
Excellent Resource, Sermons Function Like Commentaries
Updated December 28, 2015

THOMAS CONSTABLE
Expository Notes on
Book of Psalms
Over 300 page commentary

Very Helpful for studying, teaching and preaching the Psalms
See also notes on Psalms in the Reformation Study Bible

DEFENDER'S STUDY BIBLE
Dr Henry Morris
(1918-2006)
Founder of Creation Science Movement
Conservative notes often with allusions to Creation

Notes on Psalms but not every verse, See links to notes in right margin

DAVID GUZIK
Commentary Notes
Book of Psalms

Excellent resource for teaching and preaching the psalms.
E.g., Guzik has
95 pages of notes on Psalm 119!
Updated December 29, 2015

WILLIAM G. HESLOP
Sermon Seeds on Every Psalm
Succinct, pithy comments
Helpful for preaching or teaching the Psalms

JOHN MACARTHUR
Expository Sermons
Various Psalms
Updated December 29, 2015

ALEXANDER MACLAREN
Expository Sermons
Various Psalms

ALEXANDER MACLAREN
Commentary in the Expositor's Bible
Book of Psalms|
Over 1300 pages

Warren W. Wiersbe - If you can locate the six-volume edition of the Expositor’s Bible, buy it immediately! It takes up less space than the original fifty-volume set, and not everything in the original set is worth owning. Samuel H. Kellogg on Leviticus is a classic; so is Alexander Maclaren on the Psalms and on Colossians. (A Basic Library for Bible Students)

Cyril J. Barber - This set, originally published in 1903, contains expositions by both conservative and liberal theologians. The most important works are by Dod (Genesis), Chadwick (Exodus and Mark), Kellogg (Leviticus), Blaikie (Joshua, I and II Samuel), Adeney (Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther), Maclaren (Psalms), Moule (Romans), Findlay (Galatians and Ephesians), Plummer (Pastoral Epistles and the Epistles of James and Jude), and Milligan (Revelation.) (The Minister’s Library)

MISCELLANEOUS RESOURCES
BOOK OF PSALMS

BEST COMMENTARIES

David Malick comments on Allen P Ross' work on “Psalms” In The Bible Knowledge Commentary: "This commentary is a must to purchase some day, not only for Psalms, but to have a good, evangelical, one-volume commentary on all of the Old Testament. Ross is especially helpful in his introduction to the book and his synthetic discussion of each Psalm. He deals with their message as well as many of the significant figures of speech. This work, with Ross’ commentary on “Genesis” is well worth the price of the book alone." (Selected Bibliography on the Book of Psalms)

CROSSWAY PUBLISHING

KAY DAIGLE

FRANZ DELITZSCH

DICTIONARY ARTICLES

JAMES H. FRAZIER

JAMES M GRAY

ALLAN M HARMON

GORDON.EDU

TED HILDEBRANDT

GREG HERRICK

A M HODGKIN

HOLMAN PUBLISHING

G P HUNTINGTON, H A METCALF

GARY KUKIS

JOHN MACARTHUR

G. CAMPBELL MORGAN

JAMES ORR

REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE

CHARLES SWINDOLL

JAMES VAN DINE

PAUL VAN GORDER

SERMONS
BOOK OF PSALMS

GREG ALLEN

DAVID COOPER

Israel's Hymnal - Exposition of Selected Psalms

Psalms of Ascent (Psalms 120 thru 134):

WILLIAM BARRICK

JIM BOMKAMP

BRIAN BELL

ALAN CARR

RICH CATHERS

STEVEN COLE

MARK COPELAND

RON DANIEL

BOB DEFFINBAUGH

J LIGON DUNCAN

DAN DUNCAN

EXPOSITOR'S DICTIONARY OF TEXTS

  • Psalm 1 Expositor's Dictionary of Texts - At top of page click dropdown window to access notes on a specific psalm. These tend to be short comments taken from well known pastors (prior to 1900).

DON FORTNER

DOUG GOINS

GOTQUESTIONS

GOSPEL COALITION

SCOTT GRANT

DAVID GUZIK

JOE GUGLIELMO

JAMES HASTINGS
(THESE ARE IN DEPTH)

DAVID HOLWICK

HOMILETICS (PULPIT COMMENTARY)

DAVID LEGGE

J VERNON MCGEE

JOHN MACARTHUR

MONERGISM

MOODY BIBLE

PASTOR LIFE

CHESTER MCCALLEY

PHIL NEWTON

OUR DAILY BREAD

PENINSULA BIBLE

GENE PENSIERO

WILLIAM L. PETTINGILL

Psalms Sermons - Christ in the Psalms

WIL POUNDS

RAY PRITCHARD

Psalms Sermons - well done

ROBERT RAYBURN

SERMON CENTRAL

SERMONINDEX

  • Sermons Index - Mp3's - various speakers - Warren Wiersbe, David Wilkerson, Duncan Campbell, J Vernon McGee, A W Tozer

SERMONS BY VERSE

  • Psalm 1:1 Sermons- various speakers from the Biblical Illustrator. Sermons can accessed by chapter and verse by going to top of page and selecting from dropdown list.

CHARLES SIMEON

CHUCK SMITH

C H SPURGEON

SAM STORMS

THIRD MILLENNIUM

GEOFF THOMAS

PASTOR VOGEL

BRUCE WALTKE

STEVE ZEISLER

COMMENTARIES
BOOK OF PSALMS

ON SITE
BRUCE HURT

On site in depth verse by verse expositional commentaries...

MISCELLANEOUS RESOURCES -
FOUND ON ANOTHER PAGE PSALMS COMMENTARIES PT 2

Multiples Studies on the Psalms - be sure to check these...

A S AGLEN

JOSEPH A ALEXANDER
(1864)

This commentary is based on Alexander's translation of E W Hengstenberg's classic German work.

Spurgeon had high praise for Alexander's work writing that it "Occupies a first place among expositions. It is a clear and judicious explanation of the text, and cannot be dispensed with.

Rosscup adds: This is one of the more thorough older exegetical works on the Hebrew text. It represents a re-working of the famous commentary on Psalms by E. Hengstenberg.

David Malick - "This is a good commentary. He uses some Hebrew words but do not let that turn you away. You usually can figure out which word his is discussing from the rest of the sentence." (Selected Bibliography on the Book of Psalms)

WILLIAM ALEXANDER (1867)

PAUL APPLE

AUGUSTINE

Spurgeon: "As a Father he is beyond ordinary criticism, or we would venture to say that he is too frequently mystical, and confounds plain texts. No theological library is complete without this work, for there are grand thoughts in it like huge nuggets of Australian gold."

J. G. BELLETT

Spurgeon: "Mere fragments, in a style which we do not admire, which seems to be peculiar to certain brethren. Only the initiated can understand what such writers mean."

JOSEPH BENSON

WILLIAM BINNIE (1886)

Spurgeon: "A highly valuable work. It is not an exposition, but can readily be used as such, for it possesses a good index (Ed: see above) to the passages treated of. Dr. Binnie reviews with great skill and intense devotion the various sacred poems contained in the Book of Psalms, and gives the general run and character of each one. His work is unlike any other, and supplies a great desideratum."

ANDREW BONAR (1860)

Spurgeon: "Of the highest order of merit. The author does not strain the text, but gives its real meaning. His remarks are always weighty, spiritual, and suggestive; we only wish there were more of them. He has cultivated brevity."

C A BRIGGS (1906)

JOHN CALVIN

Spurgeon: "Calvin is a tree whose “leaf also shall not wither;” whatever he has written lives on, and is never out of date, because he expounded the word without bias or partiality."

H N CHAMPNEY (1852)

THOMAS K CHEYNE (1904)

F C COOK, EDITOR (1875)

SAMUEL COX (1874)

ADAM CLARKE

HENRY COWLES

Spurgeon: "Always repays for consulting, though it does not contain much that is new, original, or profound."

BRUCE DAHLBERG

J. N. DARBY

Spurgeon: "Too mystical for ordinary minds. If the author would write in plain English his readers would probably discover that there is nothing very valuable in his remarks."

WILLIAM DE BURGH (1858)

Spurgeon: "A second-advent interpreter; and one of the best of his class. Highly esteemed by those who are enthusiastic upon prophetical subjects."

FRANZ DELITZSCH

Spurgeon: "Thoroughly learned, but wants unction. Not adapted for common readers, but scholars will prize it greatly."

David Malick: "This classic is part of a ten volume set and thus not available as an individual volume. Nevertheless, it is helpful in its extensive discussion of each Psalm. The Hebrew text is referred to, but not to the degree that it would not be a useful source for the one without Hebrew." (Selected Bibliography)

DAVID DICKSON (1834)

Spurgeon: "A rich volume, dropping fatness. Invaluable to the preacher. Having read and re-read it, we can speak of its holy savor and suggestiveness. We commend it with much fervor."

Rosscup: "Though this is a very old work, reprinted, it is heavily laden with richness that edifies in explaining the text and making truth clear. It is well worth the time, even if dated in parts." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An annotated bibliography of selected works)

S R DRIVER (1915)

JOHN DUMMELOW

EASY ENGLISH

CHARLES ELLICOTT

GEORG HEINRICH EWALD (1881)

A C GAEBELEIN

JOHN GILL

ROBERT HAWKER

MATTHEW HENRY

E W HENGSTENBERG (1863)

Spurgeon: "A masterly work; but about as dry as Gideon’s unwetted fleece."

GEORGE HORNE (1856)

Spurgeon: "It has been said that this author had no qualification for a commentator except piety. This is not true, for he had natural poetry in his soul; and even if it were true, his work would go far to show how abundantly piety compensates for other deficiencies. He is among the best of our English writers on this part of Scripture, and certainly one of the most popular."

H A IRONSIDE

HENRY LAW

JAMIESON, FAUSSET, BROWN

A C JENNINGS, W H LOWE (1884)

Spurgeon: "Learned, but more occupied with mere verbal criticisms than with any useful suggestions which could be turned to account by a preacher."

WILLIAM KELLY

Relatively brief comments.

A F KIRKPATRICK

Also in Google Book

David Malick - "Excellent theological treatment of the Psalms." (Selected Bibliography on the Book of Psalms)

PAUL E. KRETZMANN (Bio)

J VERNON MCGEE

F B MEYER

Rosscup on "The Shepherd Psalm": "A master of devotional writing gives many perceptive thoughts on the believer and the Shepherd." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An annotated bibliography of selected works).

CARL BERNHARD MOLL

Rosscup says that this commentary by Carl Bernhard Moll "in the Lange series is one of the best in that 12-volume set."

G. CAMPBELL MORGAN

JOSEPH PARKER

J J STEWART PEROWNE (1883)

Rosscup: "Distinguished among 19th century works on Psalms, this model 1864 work by a competent Anglican Hebrew scholar has much that is detailed and discerning along evangelical lines. Perowne has a fine introduction though it lacks findings of the past century. He shows, among other things, that the psalmist often went far beyond himself in statements and projected his thought prophetically to Christ. In most cases the verse by verse commentary solidly explains the text. Perowne often shows the unity between a Psalms statement and New Testament truth." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)

Spurgeon: "A masterpiece of extraordinary learning and critical skill, although not altogether what we would desire. The “Saturday Review” said:—“Mr. Perowne is probably as capable as any one in England of doing all that Hebrew scholarship can do towards a better knowledge of the Psalms. The learning which he has brought together gives a value of its own to his book, and makes it an important contribution to a department of Biblical scholarship in which we are at present rather poorly furnished.” (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students: Commenting and Commentaries)

David Malick - Although Perowne does deal with technical issues like textual problems and the Hebrew text, he is also helpful in providing neat summaries of the psalms’ messages as well as helpful Rabbinic and Christian interpretations. (Selected Bibliography on the Book of Psalms)

PETER PETT

GEORGE PHILLIPS

WILLIAM PLUMER (1872)

Spurgeon: ."A huge volume, compiled from such works as were accessible to the author in the United States. Full of instructive comment, but not very original, or remarkably learned."

MATTHEW POOLE

PREACHER'S COMPLETE HOMILETICAL COMMENTARY

JOHN SHARPE (1894)

HAMILTON SMITH

RAY STEDMAN

JOSEPH SUTCLIFFE

AUGUSTUS THOLUCK (1858)

Spurgeon: "Tholuck is one of the most spiritual of German interpreters. Though we cannot say that this is equal to some others of his works, yet he is a great writer, and always deserves attention."

JOHN TRAPP

Spurgeon - Trapp excels in witty stories on the one hand, and learned allusions on the other...Trapp is my especial companion and treasure; I can read him when I am too weary for anything else. Trapp is salt, pepper, mustard, vinegar, and all the other condiments. Put him on the table when you study, and when you have your dish ready, use him by way of spicing the whole thing. Yes, gentlemen, read Trapp certainly, and if you catch the infection of his consecrated humor, so much the better for your hearers.

Representative quotes - Be careful what books you read, for as water tastes of the soil it runs through, so does the soul taste of the authors that a man reads. – John Trapp

He who rides to be crowned will not mind a rainy day. – John Trapp

Unity without verity is no better than conspiracy – John Trapp

John Trapp was one of Ruth Bell Graham favorite sources for quotes.

DANIEL WHEDON

J VERNON MCGEE
Thru the Bible
Mp3's on the Book of Psalms

David Malick has this note on McGee's written version of his Thru the Bible comments on the Psalms - "These three volumes are a commentary on the Psalms. They are not too technical. They are devotional and enjoyable to read." (Selected Bibliography on the Book of Psalms)

ROBERT MORGAN
SERMONS ON PSALMS

JOHN PIPER
Sermons on Psalms
Desiringgod.org
Updated December 29, 2015

PULPIT COMMENTARY
on the Psalms
Exposition, Homiletics and Homilies

Scroll down each page below for the homilies

See similar work Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary

CHARLES SIMEON
Sermons on Psalms
Updated December 29, 2015

Charles H Spurgeon writes that Horae Homileticae are "Not Commentaries, but we could not exclude them. They have been called “a valley of dry bones”: be a prophet and they will live." (Commenting on Commentaries)

John Piper says that Horae Homileticae "is the best place to go for researching Simeon's theology. You can find his views on almost every key text in the Bible. He did not want to be labeled a Calvinist or an Arminian. He wanted to be Biblical through and through and give every text its due proportion, whether it sounded Arminian as it stands or Calvinistic. But he was known as an evangelical Calvinist, and rightly so. As I have read portions of his sermons on texts concerning election and effectual calling and perseverance he is uninhibited in his affirmation of what we would call the doctrines of grace....What Simeon experienced in the word was remarkable. And it is so utterly different from the counsel that we receive today that it is worth looking at." (Brothers, We Must Not Mind a Little Suffering) (Bolding added)

C. H. SPURGEON
Treasury of David
The crown jewel of commentaries on the Psalms - Verse by Verse Commentary
Highly Recommended

Rosscup - In this very detailed exposition, the London pulpit master dealt with each verse, giving a wealth of illustration, practical comment, and preaching hints. Spurgeon shows that he read widely in the best literature of his day, gleaning out rich quotes. On any given verse one can expect to find exposition or quotes looking at it from various angles. The devotional flavor is excellent. Here is a suggestive source for preacher or teacher and much wealth for general readers, though readers must go elsewhere for word studies and exegesis to supplement their own personal exegetical study. There is also a condensation of the Treasury which cuts out about two-thirds of it, leaving much of the richness (Ed Note: The links below are to the unabridged version) (David Otis Fuller, Psalms by Spurgeon. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 1976. 703 pp.). The condensation is a help to the busy who want to get at the hub of things quickly. Also cf. McGrath (this section).

C. H. SPURGEON
All of his Sermons on
Book of Psalms
Updated December 29, 2015

C. H. SPURGEON
Devotionals on
the Psalms
Faith's Checkbook = entries with title
Morning and Evening = no title

See also Spurgeon's Verse Expositions of Selected Psalms

RAY STEDMAN
Expository Sermons on the Psalms
Updated December 29, 2015

RAY STEDMAN
Devotionals on the Psalms

See 2 Books that each contains one year of devotionals...

Note this is the order the devotionals are arranged by RayStedman.org

WARREN WIERSBE
Prayer, Praise and Promises
365 Short, Excellent
Devotionals on the Psalms

Excellent Resource for ideas and quotes if you are preaching or teaching the Psalms
Back To The Bible

OUR DAILY BREAD
DEVOTIONALS ON THE PSALMS
These make excellent illustrations for preaching or teaching the psalms
Updated December 30, 2015

Psalm 1-9

Psalm 10-19

Psalm 20-29

Psalm 30-39

Psalm 40-49

Psalm 50-59

Psalm 60-69

Psalm 70-79

Psalm 80-89

Psalm 90-99

Psalm 100-109

Psalm 110-119

Psalm 120-129

Psalm 130-139

Psalm 140-150

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