“Lesson 25: ‘Let Every Thing That Hath Breath Praise the Lord’” Old Testament: Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual (2001), 117–22
“Lesson 25,” Old Testament: Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual, 117–22
To help class members show their gratitude for the Savior and for the many blessings that he and our Heavenly Father have given us.
Prayerfully study the scriptures discussed in the lesson and as much of the book of Psalms as you can.
Study the lesson and prayerfully select the scriptures, themes, and questions that best meet class members’ needs. This lesson does not cover the entire book of Psalms. Rather, it deals with a few of the important themes that are expressed throughout the book.
If you use the first attention activity, bring a picture of the Savior and four or five items that represent things for which you are grateful, such as the scriptures, a picture of a loved one, an item that represents one of your talents, or an item of food. If you use the second attention activity, ask one or two class members to prepare to share a favorite psalm and tell why it is important to them.
Bring one or more pictures of temples.
As you teach the following scripture passages, discuss how they apply to daily life. Encourage class members to share experiences that relate to the scriptural principles.
Explain that the book of Psalms is a collection of poems originally sung as praises or petitions to God. Many were written by David. This book is like a hymnal from ancient Israel. Its lyrics constitute some of the world’s best inspirational literature, expressing faith in the Lord and an earnest desire to live righteously.
Many psalms prophesy of Christ’s mission as the Messiah. The resurrected Savior declared, “All things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me” (Luke 24:44). Discuss the fulfillment of a few of the following prophecies about Christ that are written in the book of Psalms:
Matthew 8:23–27. Jesus calmed the winds and the waves.
John 13:18, 21. Jesus was betrayed by a friend.
Mark 14:32–41. Jesus suffered alone in Gethsemane.
Matthew 27:39–43. Jesus was mocked.
Mark 15:25. Jesus was crucified.
Matthew 27:35. The soldiers cast lots for Christ’s clothes.
Matthew 27:46. Jesus asked the Father why he had forsaken him.
John 19:28–30. Jesus was given vinegar for his thirst.
John 19:33–36. None of Jesus’ bones was broken.
Luke 23:46. Jesus commended his spirit to the Father and died.
Jesus Christ is the only person whose birth, life, death, and resurrection were prophesied before his birth. Why do you think such detailed prophecies were given about the Savior’s life? (These prophecies made it clear that Jesus was the promised Messiah, the Savior of the world.) How were these prophecies a blessing to those who received them? (The prophecies helped people learn of the Savior and gain testimonies of him even before he was born [see Mosiah 3:13]. The prophecies also helped some people recognize him when he came.)
In addition to prophesying of the Savior’s life and mission, many psalms express gratitude for blessings such as the creation of heaven and earth; the Savior’s mercy, forgiveness, and love; the scriptures; and the temple.
Discuss the following psalms that express gratitude to the Lord for the creation of heaven and earth:
Discuss some of the following psalms that express gratitude to the Savior for his mercy, forgiveness, and love:
Psalm 23 (you may not need to discuss this psalm if you used it in the attention activity)
Psalm 51 (you may not need to discuss this psalm if you discussed it in lesson 24)
What can we learn about the Lord from these psalms? Invite class members to tell how they have come to know of the Lord’s mercy, forgiveness, and love.
What impresses you about David’s plea for forgiveness in Psalm 51? What does this psalm teach us about repentance and forgiveness? (Note the first words in verses 2, 7, and 12. These words describe important aspects of repentance. Note also verse 17, which describes the condition of heart we must have to truly repent.)
Discuss the following psalms that express gratitude to the Lord for the scriptures:
What words did David use in Psalm 19:7–10 to describe the scriptures? (Synonyms for the scriptures include law, testimony, statutes, commandment, and judgments. Adjectives describing the scriptures include perfect, sure, right, pure, true, and righteous. The scriptures are also described as more desired than gold and sweeter than honey.)
What blessings can the scriptures bring into our lives, as recorded in Psalm 19:7–11? You may want to list these blessings on the chalkboard:
They convert our souls (verse 7).
They make the simple wise (verse 7).
They cause our hearts to rejoice (verse 8).
They enlighten our eyes (verse 8).
They give us warning (verse 11).
How have the scriptures blessed your life in these or in other ways?
The Psalmist exclaimed to the Lord, “O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day” (Psalm 119:97; see also verses 15–16, 33–35, 40, 47–50, 72, 92, 104, 174). How can we develop such a love for the scriptures?
How are the scriptures like “a lamp unto [our] feet, and a light unto [our] path”? (Psalm 119:105).
Discuss some of the following psalms about the temple. You may want to display one or more pictures of temples as class members read these psalms:
What can we learn about the temple from these psalms? What can we learn about preparing ourselves to go to the temple?
You may want to have class members sing or read the words to “We Love Thy House, O God” (Hymns, no. 247), or invite some Primary children to come to class and sing “I Love to See the Temple” (Children’s Songbook, 95).
In Psalm 116:12, David asked, “What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me?” How did David answer this question? You may want to list each of David’s statements as shown below:
“I will take the cup of salvation” (116:13).
“I will … call upon the name of the Lord” (116:13).
“O Lord, truly I am thy servant” (116:16).
“I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving” (116:17).
“I will pay my vows unto the Lord now in the presence of all his people, in the courts of the Lord’s house” (116:18–19).
How can we apply David’s answers in showing gratitude to the Lord?
The following material supplements the suggested lesson outline. You may want to use one or more of these ideas as part of the lesson.