Yesterday’s Reading was Psalm 115. Today it’s Psalm 116.
I want to use this opportunity to look at the book of Psalms in its entirety. The most comprehensive look at the Architecture of the Book of Psalms came from Erich Zenger who passed away on East Sunday 2010:
1-2 framework – prooemium: torah + messiah/Zion/reign of God
3-41 1st book: psalms of David (3-14,15-24,25-34,35-41)
41:14 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen.
42-72 2nd book: psalms of Korah (42-49); psalm of Asaph (50); psalms of David (51-72)
72:18f Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things.19Blessed be his glorious name forever; may his glory fill the whole earth. Amen and Amen.
73-89 3rd book: psalms of Asaph (73-83); psalms of Korah (84f, 87-89); 86 psalm of David
89:53 Blessed be the Lord forever. Amen and Amen.
90-106 4th book: Moses composition (90-92); reign of YHWH (93-100); David composition (101-106)
106:48 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. And let all the people say, “Amen.” Praise the Lord!
107-145 5th book: psalms of praise (Toda) (107 and 145; reign of YHWH); psalms of David (108f and 138-145); Alphabet. Torapsalms (111f and 119); Hallel (113-118); pilgrimage psalms (120-137)
145,21 My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord, and all flesh will bless his holy name forever and ever.
146-150 framework – final Hallel (10x Hallelujah)
So our two psalms are the centerpiece of the Full Hallel that consists of six Psalms (113–118), which are said as a unit, on joyous occasions. I can see why.