The Great Literary Works of Solomon
Psalms and Proverbs are books in the Old Testament that provide wisdom and insight to God’s will and teachings through prayers, sayings, phrases, poems, or song. This is in contrast to the stories in the other books of the Old Testament that relay the will and teachings of God through the stories of the Hebrew people. Both books have several authors however Solomon is believed to be the primary author of Proverbs and David the primary author of Psalms. The Book of Psalms is a collection of poems and songs that are intended to praise and worship God. The Book of Proverbs is the word of God that instructs people how to apply divine wisdom to daily life and to provide moral instruction.
The Book of Psalms is the longest book in the Bible, with 150 individual psalms. It is also one of the most diverse, since the psalms deal with such subjects as God and His creation, war, worship, wisdom, sin and evil, judgment, justice, and the coming of the Messiah. According to An Historical Survey of the Old Testament by Eugene H. Merrill, psalms constitute the hymn book of Israel. Traditionally, the psalms are separated into five books containing a collection of prayers, poems, and hymns that focus the worshiper's thoughts on God in praise and adoration.
One of the best known verses is Psalm 23.1 “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.”
Other verses in Psalms include: