What’s a Psalter?
The book of Psalms, or psalter, is at the heart of the Bible. It contains 150 singable, God-inspired songs. These songs were written hundreds of years ago in the Hebrew language. In the psalters below, the Hebrew text has been translated into English lyrics. The lyrics are then matched with music that best expresses the psalm’s plaintive, expectant, thankful, or joyful cry to the Lord.
What’s the Difference?
The Book of Psalms for Worship is a popular psalter that uses modern language and a variety of hymn tunes, new compositions, and international tunes.
The Book of Psalms for Singing includes some older language (like “Thee” and “Jehovah”) and chants, plus a variety of hymn tunes and original compositions.
The Trinity Psalter contains only one lyrical option for each psalm selection, but is otherwise similar to The Book of Psalms for Singing.
The ARP Psalter features some selections from The Book of Psalms for Worship and some Bible Songs based on psalms.
The Baptist Psalter Selection Book offers tunes from The Book of Psalms for Worship that are familiar to Baptists.
How Do I Use This Site?
Listen to tunes. Choose a psalter and then click on selection to hear a verse played.
Search for your psalm. Choose a psalter, then type a psalm number, composer, tune name, meter, or year in search box (top right). In The Book of Psalms for Singing and The Book of Psalms for Worship, use the settings to search for lyrics or topics as well.
Sort your results. Simply click the column heading to sort by ascending; click again to sort by descending.
Use printable aids for singing and study.
Where Can I Buy It?
New to singing psalms? Interested in some CDs or MP3s? Just want to find out more? Check out our shop.
Click HERE to select a psalter for purchase.
Click HERE to buy a music CD or MP3 download.
Also recommended: 150 Questions about the Psalter, a brief and joyful introduction to what the psalms say, how to read them, and how to sing them.