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10 Psalms of Praise

The Lord is great and worthy of our praise! He created us, redeemed us, and sustains us in His sovereign power. As we bring our praise to the Lord, there is no better place to find inspiration than the book of Psalms. This book of ancient Hebrew songs and prayers beautifully conveys the truth of God’s goodness and provision. In this post, we invite you to reflect on these 10 Psalms of praise. 

Jesus depicted in the Christ the Good Shepherd Chapel

Praise Our Creator

“Come, let us sing joyfully to the Lord; cry out to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with a song of praise, joyfully sing out our psalms.
For the Lord is the great God, the great king over all gods,
Whose hand holds the depths of the earth; who owns the tops of the mountains.
The sea and dry land belong to God, who made them, formed them by hand.

Enter, let us bow down in worship; let us kneel before the Lord who made us.
For he is our God, we are the people he shepherds, the sheep in his hands.”
— Psalm 95:1-7

Praise the Lord Our Refuge

“Blessed be the Lord, who has heard the sound of my pleading.
The Lord is my strength and my shield, in whom my heart trusts.
I am helped, so my heart rejoices; with my song I praise him.

Lord, you are a strength for your people, the saving refuge of your anointed.
Save your people, bless your inheritance; pasture and carry them forever!”
— Psalm 28:6-9

One of the eight worship windows found in the Trinity Dome, depicting the pipes of an organ

Praise the Lord with Music

“Rejoice, you righteous, in the Lord; praise from the upright is fitting.
Give thanks to the Lord on the harp; on the ten-stringed lyre offer praise.
Sing to him a new song; skillfully play with joyful chant.
For the Lord’s word is upright; all his works are trustworthy.
He loves justice and right. The earth is full of the mercy of the Lord.”
— Psalm 33:1-5

“My heart is steadfast, God, my heart is steadfast.
I will sing and chant praise.
Awake, my soul; awake, lyre and harp!
I will wake the dawn.
I will praise you among the peoples, Lord;
I will chant your praise among the nations.
For your mercy towers to the heavens;
your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
Exalt yourself over the heavens, God;
may your glory appear above all the earth.” — Psalm 57:8-12

“It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praise to your name, Most High,
To proclaim your love at daybreak, your faithfulness in the night,
With the ten-stringed harp, with melody upon the lyre.
For you make me jubilant, Lord, by your deeds; at the works of your hands
I shout for joy.” — Psalm 92:2-5

Praise the Lord in Times of Trouble

“My wanderings you have noted; are my tears not stored in your flask, recorded in your book?
My foes turn back when I call on you. This I know: God is on my side.
I praise the word of God, I praise the word of the Lord.
In God I trust, I do not fear. What can man do to me?” — Psalm 56:9-12

The Second Coming Mosaic depicting the Last judgement

Praise Our Mighty God

“You kingdoms of the earth, sing to God;
chant the praises of the Lord.

Who rides the heights of the ancient heavens,
Who sends forth his voice as a mighty voice?
Confess the power of God, whose majesty protects Israel, whose power is in the sky.
Awesome is God in his holy place, the God of Israel, who gives power and strength to his people. Blessed be God!” — Psalm 68:33-36

“May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord be glad in his works!
Who looks at the earth and it trembles, touches the mountains and they smoke!
I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God while I live.
May my meditation be pleasing to him; I will rejoice in the Lord.
May sinners vanish from the earth, and the wicked be no more.
Bless the Lord, my soul! Hallelujah!” — Psalm 104:31-35

All Creation Praise the Lord

“Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice; let the sea and what fills it resound; let the plains be joyful and all that is in them.
Then let all the trees of the forest rejoice before the Lord who comes, who comes to govern the earth,
To govern the world with justice and the peoples with faithfulness.” — Psalm 96:11-13

Praise to Our Good God

“I will extol you, my God and king; I will bless your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless you; I will praise your name forever and ever.

The Christ in Majesty mosaic located in the North Apse

Great is the Lord and worthy of much praise, whose grandeur is beyond understanding.
One generation praises your deeds to the next and proclaims your mighty works.
They speak of the splendor of your majestic glory, tell of your wonderful deeds.
They speak of the power of your awesome acts and recount your great deeds.
They celebrate your abounding goodness and joyfully sing of your justice.
The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in mercy.
The Lord is good to all, compassionate toward all your works.” — Psalm 145:1-9

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