The Psalm 119 Psalter Hymnal Cheat Sheet

Psalm 119 week continues (all the action and twice the fun of “Shark Week!”).  Today it’s just a brief post, but hopefully a helpful one.  We’ve mentioned before how difficult the numbering system of the blue Psalter Hymnal is when it comes to the psalms.  (It’s important to note that in this article we refer to the blue 1959/1976 edition used in most URCNA churches).  And nowhere is this more annoying than Psalm 119.  The Psalter Hymnal has 23 selections for Psalm 119, and there’s really no way of knowing which selection comes from which part of the psalm until you pull out your Bible and cross-reference the content.

I’ve known a number of pastors who have written in the references in the margins of their Psalter Hymnals, but if you haven’t done that yet, help is on the way, for we gladly present to you today “The Psalm 119 Psalter Hymnal Cheat Sheet.”

The Psalter Hymnal‘s treatment of Psalm 119 is very systematic, with one overarching paraphrase of Psalm 119 followed by one selection for each of Psalm 119’s stanzas.  As per tradition, we’ll be looking at each individual selection in detail later this week, but for now we provide you with this simple chart (formatted as best as I can):

Psalm 119………………………………235 – “How Blessed are the Perfect in the Way”

“Aleph” (verses 1-8)………………236 – “How Blest the Perfect in the Way”

“Beth” (verses 9-16)………………237 – “How Shall the Young Direct Their Way?”

“Gimel” (verses 17-24)……………238 – “Thy Servant, Blest by Thee, Shall Live”

“Daleth” (verses 25-32)…………239 – “My Grieving Soul Revive, O Lord”

“He” (verses 33-40)………………240 – “Teach Me, O Lord, Thy Way of Truth”

“Waw” (verses 41-48)……………241 – “Thy Promised Mercies Send to Me”

“Zayin” (verses 49-56)……………242 – “Lord, Thy Word to Me Remember”

“Heth” (verses 57-64)………………243 – “Thou Art My Portion, Lord”

“Teth” (verses 65-72)………………244 – “Thou Lord, Hast Dealt Well”

“Yodh” (verses 73-80)………………245 – “Thou, Who didst Make and Fashion Me”

“Kaph” (verses 81-88)………………246 – “My Soul for Thy Salvation Faints”

“Lamedh” (verses 89-96)…………247 – “Forever Settled in the Heavens”

“Mem” (verses 97-104)……………248 – “How I Love Thy Law, O Lord”

“Nun” (verses 105-112)……………249 – “Thy Word Sheds Light upon My Path”

“Samekh” (verses 113-120)………250 – “Deceit and Falsehood I Abhor”

“Ayin” (verses 121-128)……………251 – “I Have Followed Truth and Justice”

“Pe” (verses 129-136)………………252 – “Thy Wondrous Testimonies, Lord”

“Tsadhe” (verses 137-144)………253 – “O Lord, Thy Perfect Righteousness”

“Qoph” (verses 145-152)…………254 – “O Lord, My Earnest Cry”

“Resh” (verses 153-160)……………255 – “Regard My Grief and Rescue Me”

“Sin and Shin” (verses 161-168)…256 – “Though Mighty Foes Assail Me, Lord”

“Taw” (verses 169-176)………………257 – “O Let My Supplicating Cry”

-JDO

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