The psalms are for singing — so why don’t we sing them?
All of Scripture is given to us for “teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness” which, of course, includes the Book of Psalms. We can certainly study the psalms, learn from them, be corrected by them, and be trained by them for righteousness, just like the rest of the Scriptures. But the Psalms are unique – they are the hymnbook of the people of God, and they are meant to be sung. Join us on this exciting journey as we learn to sing the Word!
What you will find on this site:
- Psalter – Complete list of 150 psalms, in blog form, numerical order.
- Index – An index of all 150 psalms, in numerical order.
- Why Sing? – Further introduction and an explanation of the importance of a metrical psalter
- Meters and Tunes – A helpful orientation on how a metrical psalter works
- Resources – Additional resources including an Index of Meters and Tunes, an Index of Liturgical Arrangement for Daily Psalm Singing, links to Acrostic Psalms, links to psalms derived from different sources, and access to all hymn tunes in a downloadable version via iTunes.
How to make the most of this resource:
Each psalm comes equipped with three components to aid in your reflection and worship:
- Lyrics – You will find the words to the psalm printed on the screen. As much as possible, every effort has been made by the authors to preserve the original meaning of the text, while translating the message to meter. You’ll notice the corresponding biblical verse numbers to the left of the text.
- Audio Tune – Each of the tunes listed at the top of the screen has a small “play” button to the left. Selecting this button will play the audio for that tune, in continuous looping fashion until you a) press the button again, b.) press another play button on the page, or c.) exit the page. This allows you to listen to the tune as you read (or sing!) the words to the psalm.
- Sheet Music/Chord Charts – Selecting the tune name will reveal the sheet music for that tune. If you select the upper gray portion of that window, you may move the window anywhere you want on the page. If you click anywhere in the large white box, it will open the sheet music in a new window in your browser. Enjoy this resource!
Do explore the other components of this site, especially under our “Resources” section. But most of all, we hope you will spend time singing the Psalms!
Note: If you are interested in reprinting part or all of this Psalter for personal or congregational use, please be sure to visit our Permissions Page for proper procedures.