Don’t feel limited to the selection of Psalms or the principles suggested in this outline. Let the Spirit guide you to truths that help you feel closer to the Lord.
Psalms 1: Blessed are the righteous—The ungodly will perish.
Psalms 2: A messianic psalm—The heathen will rage against the Lord’s anointed—The Lord speaks of His Son, whom He has begotten.
Psalms 8: A messianic psalm of David—He says that babes and children praise the Lord—He asks, What is man, that Thou art mindful of him?
Psalms 19: David testifies, The heavens declare the glory of God, the law of the Lord is perfect, and the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
Psalms 20: David prays that the Lord will hear in time of trouble—The Lord saves His anointed.
Psalms 21: A messianic psalm of David—He tells of the glory of the great King—The King will triumph over all His enemies—Their evil designs will fail.
Psalms 22: A messianic psalm of David—He foretells events in the Messiah’s life—The Messiah will say, My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?—They will pierce His hands and feet—He will yet govern among all nations.
Psalms 23: David declares, The Lord is my shepherd.
Psalms 24: David testifies, The earth is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof, he who has clean hands and a pure heart will ascend unto the hill of the Lord, and the Lord of Hosts is the King of Glory.
Psalms 25: David pleads for truth and asks for pardon—Mercy and truth are for those who keep the commandments.
Psalms 26: David says that he has walked in integrity and obedience—He loves the Lord’s house.
Psalms 27: David says, The Lord is my light and my salvation—He desires to dwell in the house of the Lord forever—He counsels, Wait on the Lord and be of good courage.
Psalms 28: David pleads with the Lord to hear his voice and grant his petitions—David prays, Save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance.
Psalms 29: David counsels, Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness—David sets forth the wonder and power of the voice of the Lord.
Psalms 30: David sings praises and gives thanks to the Lord—David pleads for mercy.
Psalms 31: David trusts in the Lord and rejoices in His mercy—Speaking as the Messiah he says, Into Thine hand I commit my spirit—He counsels, O love the Lord, all ye His Saints, for the Lord preserves the faithful.
Psalms 32: David says, Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputes not iniquity—David acknowledges his sin—He recommends that the righteous be glad in the Lord and rejoice.
Psalms 33: Rejoice in the Lord—Sing unto Him a new song—He loves righteousness and judgment—Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.
Psalms 40: A messianic psalm of David—The Messiah will come and preach righteousness—He will declare salvation—The righteous will say, The Lord be magnified.
Psalms 46: God is our refuge and strength—He dwells in His city, does marvelous things, and says, Be still and know that I am God.
Resources on ChurchofJesusChrist.org
- Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families (lesson materials at ChurchofJesusChrist.org)
- Come, Follow Me—For Sunday School (lesson materials at ChurchofJesusChrist.org)
- Come, Follow Me—For Primary (lesson materials at ChurchofJesusChrist.org)
- “The Lord Is My Shepherd,” Hymns, no. 108.
- Thoughts to Keep in Mind: Reading Poetry in the Old Testament
- Old Testament Seminary Student Material: Lesson 113: Psalms (Part 1)
- Old Testament Seminary Student Material: Lesson 115: Psalms (Part 2)
- Old Testament Study Guide for Home-Study Seminary Students: Unit 22: Day 4, Psalms, Part 1
- Old Testament Institute Student Manual Genesis-2 Samuel: The Psalms: Songs from the Heart of Israel
Resources on Interpreter Foundation
- Scripture Roundtable: Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 25, “Let Every Thing That Hath Breath Praise the Lord”, Administration, May 31, 2014
- From Dust to Exalted Crown: Royal and Temple Themes Common to the Psalms and the Dead Sea Scrolls, David J. Larsen, May 31, 2021
- The Handclasp, the Temple, and the King, Matthew B. Brown, February 15, 2021
- Ascending into the Hill of the Lord: What the Psalms Can Tell Us About the Rituals of the First Temple, David J. Larsen, June 29, 2020
Resources on Other Sites
- What are the “Fiery Darts of the Adversary” Spoken of by Nephi?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #18, January 25, 2016
- Why Do Biblical Psalms of Lament Show Up in the Book of Mormon?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #438, May 31, 2018
- Why Did Zenos Quote from Psalm 46 in His Prophecy of Christ’s Death?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #313, May 15, 2017
- Was the Requirement of a "Broken Heart" Known Before the Time of Christ?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #27, February 5, 2016
- “My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?” Psalm 22 and the Mission of Christ, Shon D. Hopkin, BYU Studies Quarterly 52, no. 4
- Gestures of Praise: Lifting and Spreading the Hands in Biblical Prayer, David M. Calabro, Ascending the Mountain of the Lord: Temple, Praise, and Worship in the Old Testament
- Parallels between Psalms 25–31 and the Psalm of Nephi, Kenneth L. Alford and D. Bryce Baker, Ascending the Mountain of the Lord: Temple, Praise, and Worship in the Old Testament
- Seeing God in His Temple: A Significant Theme in Israel’s Psalms, Andrew C. Skinner, Ascending the Mountain of the Lord: Temple, Praise, and Worship in the Old Testament
- Temple Worship and a Possible Reference to a Prayer Circle in Psalm 24, Donald W. Parry, BYU Studies 32, no. 4
- The Psalm 22:16 Controversy: New Evidence from the Dead Sea Scrolls, Shon Hopkin, BYU Studies, Volume 44, no. 3
- The Psalm of Nephi: A Lyric Reading, Steven P. Sondrup, BYU Studies 21, no. 3
- The Psalms Sung: The Power of Music in Sacred Worship, J. Arden Hopkin and Shon D. Hopkin, Ascending the Mountain of the Lord: Temple, Praise, and Worship in the Old Testament
- With the Voice Together Shall They Sing, Laurence P. Hemming, BYU Studies 50, no. 1
- Worship: Bowing Down and Serving the Lord, Jennifer C. Lane, Ascending the Mountain of the Lord: Temple, Praise, and Worship in the Old Testament