The New Testament’s Most Quoted Psalms by Myra Kahn Adams for Town Hall
Author’s Note: Readers can find all previous volumes of this series here. The first 56 volumes are compiled into the book “Bible Study For Those Who Don’t Read The Bible.” Part Two featuring volumes 57-113, will be published later this year.
Thanks for joining us to examine the three most quoted Psalms in the New Testament. A more comprehensive view is on this chart showing the chapters where the Psalm verses are quoted.
Let’s start with some background. The book of Psalms is the Bible’s most read book — a collection of 150 praises and prayers loved and revered for their magnificent poetry. In modern terms, Psalms are a self-help manual to help one cope with the traumas and tragedies of life. Whatever you are experiencing, there is a Psalm to comfort you, lift your spirits, and help you feel the presence of God. Psalms are about praising the Almighty for His majestic power while loving and trusting Him.
My NIV study Bible says writing the book of Psalms “spanned centuries” and “temple personnel completed it probably in the third century B.C.” We know that many Psalms were King David’s prayers when he appealed to God during traumatic times and wrote about glorifying His name with praise and thanksgiving.
The Psalms are also the Hebrew Bible book from which Jesus quoted most often.
According to the chart referenced above, what follows is the New Testament’s most quoted Psalm verse:
“Of David. A psalm.”
“The Lord says to my lord: ‘Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet'” (Psalm 110-1).
And why is that the most quoted verse?
God’s authority is connected to Jesus and given to Him.
Researching this study, I found the following explanation with a segment that reads: