On Religion: Why Are Cult Hit Songs So Different From Psalms? |

It’s hard to read the Psalms without encountering one of the 65 references to the Hebrew word “mishpat,” which is usually translated as “judgments” or “justice.”

The term appears 23 times in Psalm 119, in passages that worshipers have sung for centuries, such as: “I will praise you with righteousness of heart, when I hear of your righteous judgments. I will keep your statutes; Oh, don’t leave me completely!