Idea #20: The Most Popular Psalms, Starting with Psalm 23
The Psalms in the Bible have inspired people in life and the arts, in worship songs and in prayers, in good times and tough times. The Psalms have connected powerfully with people in profound ways. People have their favorite Psalms (i.e. an entire chapter) and favorite Bible verses from the Psalms, and these different lists show the popularity of many Psalms:
TopVerses.com’s Popular Bible verses from Psalms — the top 10 = Psalm 119:105, Psalm 19:1, Psalm 1:1, Psalm 139:13, Psalm 37:4, Psalm 103:1, Psalm 46:10, Psalm 46:1, Psalm 139:1, Psalm 127:3
10 Great Prayers from the Psalms via Beliefnet = Psalm 3:1-7a, Psalm 84:10-12, Psalm 63, Psalm 51:1-12, Psalm 139, Psalm 30:6-12, Psalm 42:1, 5, Psalm 23, Psalm 91, Psalm 145: 1-16
12 Important Popular Psalms were featured by Hillview Bible Chapel (Cupertino, CA) :: Psalm 1, Psalm 19, Psalm 22, Psalm 23, Psalm 24, Psalm 32, Psalm 34, Psalm 51, Psalm 69, Psalm 119, Psalm 121, Psalm 127
Top 10 Psalms, based on retweets of @BibleSummary tweets (of every chapter of the Bible in 140 characters or less) = Psalm 23, Psalm 121, Psalm 138, Psalm 62, Psalm 46, Psalm 117, Psalm 37, Psalm 1, Psalm 40, Psalm 84
The Most Popular Psalms in the Bible according to Google search volume (May 2014) = Psalm 23, Psalm 91, Psalm 27, Psalm 121, Psalm 139, Psalm 37, Psalm 1, Psalm 51, Psalm 119, Psalm 35
YouVersion Bible App Tops 100 Million Downloads; Releases Series of Infographics (2013) identified these top 5 Psalms = Psalm 119, Psalm 51, Psalm 1, Psalm 139, Psalm 23
Referring to the popular Psalms is one way to find the most meaningful and engaging words of the poets in the Bible. There are other ways to engage with the Psalms for yourself and in community:
How to get started with the Psalms—
- jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/12409-psalms - Jewish Encyclopedia entry for Psalms
- usccb.org/bible/scripture.cfm?bk=Psalms&ch= - Introduction to the Book of Psalms (US Conference of Catholic Bishops)
- biblestudytools.com/psalms - Introduction to Psalms from the NIV Study Bible
How to learn more about the Psalms—
- doubterpsalms.blogspot.com - noted that “There are about 7,000 books of or about the Psalms on the market today.”
- psalmsforkids.com - Psalms for Kids — “Using, soft art, children learn to celebrate God through all 150 Psalms at their own leisure”
- ivpress.com/bible/psalms/ - Daily Bible Studies, one for each of the 150 Psalms
Ephesians 5:19 says, “Speak to one another with the words of psalms, hymns, and sacred songs; sing hymns and psalms to the Lord with praise in your hearts.” bibles.org/eng-GNTD/Eph/5/19 (Good News Translation) And, indeed, the Psalms can be sung in worship to music:
- psalmsforallseasons.org - Psalms for All Seasons is a complete psalter for worship, described as a “most comprehensive resources on the Psalms for use in Christian worship. It covers the history, reception, and practice of psalm use and contains all 150 psalms, most in multiple formats.”
- psalter.org - Browse and listen to four psalters’ tunes: The Book of Psalms for Worship, The Book of Psalms for Singing, The Trinity Psalter, The ARP Psalter
- thepsalmssung.org - The Psalms of David sung a cappella – listen, share and download for free
- thepsalmsprojectband.com - The Psalms Project is “a community of musicians carrying out out a vision of setting all 150 Psalms to music and including the essential meaning of every verse, crafting songs that are stylistically faithful to each Psalm by combining modern, familiar instrumentation with unconventional structure and style – a marriage of King David’s vision with the best qualities of modern worship music.”
- sightpsalms.org - Sight Psalms is “a daily, online, photo inspiration intended to help people reflect on God’s presence in the world and in their lives through the use of images.” Sight Psalms is a ministry of The Upper Room, a division of the General Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church.
- ScriptureSongs.net - Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs - all free downloads
Other websites inspired by the Psalms—
- psalm23central.com - a comprehensive information and resources website for one of the most beloved Psalms of all time
- psalm139project.org - The Psalm 139 Project is “dedicated to making people aware of the life-saving potential of ultrasound technology in crisis pregnancy situations and to help pregnancy centers minister to abortion-vulnerable women by providing ultrasound equipment for them to use.”
- psalm23society.com - Psalm 23 Transition Society is “a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to supporting those who want to overcome their addictions through a wholistic program of recovery, restoration and re-integration.”
- psalmsonline.org - a worldwide “Spread the Psalms-Tehillim” effort, describing that “every time you recite a psalm, you are spreading renewed holiness in the world.”
How do the Psalms inspire you?
The point of inspiration is to motivate you to action. What will you do? With new opportunities and more potential for the Internet to engage people with the Psalms, what new websites and apps could the creativity and poetry of the Psalms unleash in you? A .BIBLE domain name like InspiringPsalms.Bible would be perfect for that!
This article is part of the blog series, 66 Ideas for .BIBLE Domain Names, with practical ideas for using .BIBLE domain names. Individuals and organizations can now register .BIBLE domain names that are more shareable, memorable, and meaningful at any accredited registrar.