Psalms in Song: Music Book and Teaching Resources


This page shows all the lyrics from the book, How I Praise You! 150 Little Psalms in Song. The song lyrics are literal verses from eight different versions of the Bible. They were chosen for understanding, importance, and rhythm patterns suitable for children ages 3 to 11. (Note: Names for God are capitalized or not capitalized according to the version quoted.) To download a PDF song example from the book, click here.

Here is a chart of the eight Bible versions used:

    (NCV) means New Century Version
    (CEV) means Contemporary English Version
    (NIV) means New International Version
    (KJV) means King James Version
    (TLB) means The Living Bible
    (NEB) means New English Bible
    (RSV) means Revised Standard Version
    (TJB) means The Jerusalem Bible

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Now it's time to sing praises!

Psalm 1:1-2a Happy is the person who doesn't listen to the wicked. He doesn't go where sinners go. He doesn't do what bad people do. He loves the Lord's teachings. (NCV)

Psalm 2:12b He blesses and protects everyone who runs to him. (CEV)

Psalm 3:5 I sleep and wake up refreshed because you, LORD, protect me. (CEV)

Psalm 4:3b The Lord listens when I pray to him. (NCV)

Psalm 5:2 Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. (NIV)

Psalm 6:8 Get away from me, all you who do evil. The Lord has heard my crying. (NCV)

Psalm7:9-10 You know every heart and mind, and you always do right. Now make violent people stop, but protect all of us who obey you. You, God, are my shield, the protector of everyone whose heart is right. (CEV)

Psalm 8:3b,8 I see the moon and stars which you created...the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea, and everything that lives under water. (NCV)

Psalm 9:10a Those who know your name will trust in you. (NIV)

Psalm 10:4 Wicked people are too proud. They do not look for God. There is no room for God in their thoughts. (NCV)

Psalm 11:2 Like hunters, the wicked string their bows. They set their arrows on the bowstrings. They shoot from dark places at those who are honest. (NCV)

Psalm 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. (KJV)

Psalm 13:6 I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me. (NIV)

Psalm 14:2a,3b The LORD looks down from heaven on the sons of men....There is no one who does good, not even one. (NIV)

Psalm 15:2b,3a,3c ...Speak the truth and don't spread gossip;...don't say cruel things. (CEV)

Psalm 16:11a You have shown me the path to life, and you make me glad. (CEV)

Psalm 17:8 Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings. (NIV)

Psalm 18:31 You alone are God! Only you are a mighty rock. (CEV)

Psalm 19:1-2 The heavens tell the glory of God. And the skies announce what his hands have made. Day after day they tell the story. Night after night they tell it again. (NCV)

Psalm 20:7 Some people trust the power of chariots or horses, but we trust you, LORD God. (CEV)

Psalm 21:3-4 You truly blessed the king, and you placed on him a crown of finest gold. He asked to live a long time, and you promised him life that never ends. (CEV)

Psalm 22:10 From the day I was born, I have been in your care, and from the time of my birth, you have been my God. (CEV)

Psalm 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. (KJV)

Psalm 24:3-4a Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart. (KJV)

Psalm 25:1-2 Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me. (KJV)

Psalm 26:8 I love the temple where you live, and where your glory shines. (CEV)

Psalm 27:1a You, LORD, are the light that keeps me safe. I am not afraid of anyone. (CEV)

Psalm 28:6 I praise you, LORD, for answering my prayers. (CEV)

Psalm 29:9b In his temple all are praising, "Glory, glory to the Lord." (TLB)

Psalm 30:4-5 Oh, sing to him you saints of his; give thanks to his holy name. His anger lasts a moment; his favor lasts for life! Weeping may go on all night, but in the morning there is joy. (TLB)

Psalm 31:14b-15a I have said, "You are my God. My life is in your hands." (NCV)

Psalm 32:9 Don't be stupid like horses and mules that must be led with ropes to make them obey. (CEV)

Psalm 33:12 Happy is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he has chosen for his own possession. (NEB)

Psalm 34:8a O taste and see that the LORD is good. (KJV)

Psalm 35:10a Every bone in my body will shout: "No one is like the LORD!" (CEV)

Psalm 36:9 For with thee is the fountain of life, and in thy light we are bathed with light. (NEB)

Psalm 37:7a Be still before the LORD, and wait patiently for him. (RSV)

Psalm 38:18b I will be sorry for my sin. (KJV)

Psalm 39:7-8a What am I waiting for? I depend on you, Lord! Save me from my sins. (CEV)

Psalm 40:2-3a He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. (NIV)

Psalm 41:12b You will always be close to my side. (CEV)

Psalm 42:1 As a deer gets thirsty for streams of water, I truly am thirsty for you, my God. (CEV)

Psalm 43:3 Send out your light and your truth, let these be my guide, to lead me to your holy mountain and to the place where you live. (TJB)

Psalm 44:21b Yes, he knows the secrets of every heart. (TLB)

Psalm 45:6a Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever. (KJV)

Psalm 46:10a Be still, and know that I am God. (KJV)

Psalm 47:1 Come, everyone, and clap for joy! Shout triumphant praises to the Lord! (TLB)

Psalm 48:1 Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. (KJV)

Psalm 49:15 But God will rescue me from the power of death. (CEV)

Psalm 50:10-11 Every animal in the forest belongs to me, and so do the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds in the mountains, and every wild creature is in my care. (CEV)

Psalm 51:7b Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. (KJV)

Psalm 52:8 But I am like an olive tree growing in God's house, and I can count on his love forever and ever. (CEV)

Psalm 53:1 A wicked fool says to himself, "There is no God." Fools are evil. They do terrible things. None of them does anything good. (NCV)

Psalm 54:4 Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me. (NIV)

Psalm 55:22 Give your worries to the Lord. He will take care of you. He will never let good people down. (NCV)

Psalm 56:8b You have stored my tears in your bottle and counted each of them. (CEV)

Psalm 57:8-9 I feel wide awake! I will wake up my harp and wake up the sun. I will praise you, Lord, for everyone to hear, and I will sing hymns to you in every nation. (CEV)

Psalm 58:11 Then people will say, "There really are rewards for doing what is right. There really is a God who judges the world." (NCV)

Psalm 59:17 O my Strength, I sing praise to you; you, O God, are my fortress, my loving God. (NIV)

Psalm 60:12 With God among us we shall fight like heroes, he will trample on our enemies. (TJB)

Psalm 61:2a I call to you from the ends of the earth. I am afraid. (NCV)

Psalm 62:11-12a I heard God say two things: "I am powerful, and I am very kind." (CEV)

Psalm 63:3b-4 How I praise you! I will bless you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer. (TLB)

Psalm 64:9a And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God. (KJV)

Psalm 65:13 The pastures are filled with flocks of sheep, and the valleys are carpeted with grain. All the world shouts with joy, and sings. (TLB)

Psalm 66:6 When God made the sea dry up, our people walked across, and because of him, we celebrated there. (CEV)

Psalm 67:2a Send us around the world with the news of your saving power. (TLB)

Psalm 68:4 Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides upon the clouds; his name is the LORD!... (RSV)

Psalm 69:14 Pull me from the mud. Do not let me sink. Save me from those who hate me and from the deep water. (NCV)

Psalm 70:5b,1a You are the one who saves me. Please hurry and help! Save me, LORD God. (CEV)

Psalm 71:2b Rescue me! Bend down your ear and listen to my plea and save me. (TLB)

Psalm 72:18 LORD God of Israel, we praise you. Only you can work miracles. (CEV)

Psalm 73:23 But I am always with you. You have held my hand. (NCV)

Psalm 74:17 All nature is within your hands; you make the summer and the winter too. (TLB)

Psalm 75:1a,4-5,10b Our God, we thank you for being so near to us! You tell every bragger, "Stop bragging!" And to the wicked you say, "Don't boast of your power! Stop bragging! Quit telling me how great you are." You will give strength to those who are good. (CEV)

Psalm 76:4 God, how wonderful you are! You are more wonderful than the hills full of animals. (NCV)

Psalm 77:19-20a You walked through the water of the mighty sea, but your footprints were never seen. You guided your people like a flock of sheep. (CEV)

Psalm 78:23-25 But God gave a command to the clouds, and he opened the doors in the skies. From heaven he sent grain that they called manna. He gave them more than enough, and each one of them ate this special food. (CEV)

Psalm 79:8b-9a We are helpless! God our Savior, help us. (NCV)

Psalm 80:19 Turn us again, O LORD God of hosts, cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved. (KJV)

Psalm 81:10 I, the Lord, am your God. I brought you out of Egypt. Open your mouth, and I will feed you. (NCV)

Psalm 82:4 Save the weak and helpless from the power of the wicked. (NCV)

Psalm 83:1b-2 God, do not be silent or still. Your enemies are making plans. Those who hate you are getting ready to attack. (NCV)

Psalm 84:10b I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. (RSV)

Psalm 85:8a I will listen to you, LORD God, because you promise peace. (CEV)

Psalm 86:7 In the day of my trouble I will call to you, for you will answer me. (NIV)

Psalm 87:3 Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. (KJV)

Psalm 88:13 ...I am here, calling for your help, praying to you every morning. (TJB)

Psalm 89:1 I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations. (KJV)

Psalm 90:4 To you, a thousand years are a single day, a yesterday now over, an hour of the night. (TJB)

Psalm 91:4-5a He will protect you like a bird spreading its wings over its young. His truth will be like your armor and shield. You will not fear. (NCV)

Psalm 92:1-3 It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp. (NIV)

Psalm 93:4 The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea. (KJV)

Psalm 94:14 The Lord won't leave his people. He will not give up his children. (NCV)

Psalm 95:6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. (KJV)

Psalm 96:9 O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth. (KJV)

Psalm 97:5a Mountains melt away like wax in the presence of the LORD. (CEV)

Psalm 98:1a Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things. (NIV)

Psalm 99:4b Lord, you made things fair. You have done what is fair and right. (NCV)

Psalm 100:1-5 (the whole psalm) Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. (KJV)

Psalm 101:2-3 Please help me learn to do the right thing, and I will be honest and fair in my own kingdom. I refuse to be corrupt or to take part in anything crooked. (CEV)

Psalm 102:25-27 In the beginning you made the earth. And your hands made the skies. They will be destroyed, but you will remain. They will all wear out like clothes. And, like clothes, you will change them. And they will be thrown away. But you never change. And your life will never end. (NCV)

Psalm 103:2-4a With all my heart I praise the LORD! I will never forget how kind he has been. The LORD forgives our sins, heals us when we are sick, and protects us from death. (CEV)

Psalm 104:30a Then you send your Spirit, and new life is born. (TLB)

Psalm 105:39-41,43 He spread out a cloud as a covering, and a fire to give light at night. They asked, and he brought them quail and satisfied them with the bread of heaven. He opened the rock, and water gushed out; like a river it flowed in the desert. He brought out his people with rejoicing, his chosen ones with shouts of joy. (NIV)

Psalm 106:48b Let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the LORD. (KJV)

Psalm 107:14a He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death. (KJV)

Psalm 108:12 Give us help from trouble; for vain is the help of man. (KJV)

Psalm 109:25-26a When my enemies see me, they say cruel things and shake their heads. Please help me, LORD God! (CEV)

Psalm 110:1 The LORD says to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet." (NIV)

Psalm 111:10a The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. (KJV)

Psalm 112:1b-2a Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who finds great delight in his commands. His children will be mighty in the land. (NIV)

Psalm 113:2a Blessed be the name of the LORD. (KJV) and Psalm 113:7-8 God lifts the poor and needy from dust and ashes, and he lets them take part in ruling his people. (CEV)

Psalm 114:5-7a What was it, sea? Why did you run? Jordan, why did you turn back? Why, mountains, did you skip like rams, and you, hills, like young sheep? Dance, O earth, at the presence of the Lord. (NEB)

Psalm 115:1,3 It does not belong to us, Lord. The praise belongs to you because of your love and loyalty. Our God is in heaven. He does what he wants. (NCV)

Psalm 116:8-9a You, LORD, have saved my life from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling. Now I will walk at your side. (CEV)

Psalm 117:1-2 (the whole psalm) All you nations, praise the Lord. All you people, praise him. The Lord loves us very much. His truth is everlasting. Praise the Lord! (NCV)

Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (KJV)

Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (KJV)

Psalm 120:1 When I am in trouble, I pray. (CEV)

Psalm 121:8a He keeps his eye upon you as you come and go. (TLB)

Psalm 122:1 It made me glad to hear them say, "Let's go to the house of the LORD!" (CEV)

Psalm 123:1 I lift my eyes to you, to you who have your home in heaven. (TJB)

Psalm 124:6-7 Let's praise the LORD! He protected us from enemies who were like wild animals, and we escaped like birds from a hunter's torn net. (CEV)

Psalm 125:2 Just as Jerusalem is protected by mountains on every side, the LORD protects his people by holding them in his arms now and forever. (CEV)

Psalm 126:6 They went away, went away weeping, carrying the seed; they come back, come back singing, carrying their sheaves. (TJB)

Psalm 127:3 Children are a gift from God; they are his reward. (TLB)

Psalm 128:1 The LORD will bless you if you respect him and obey his laws. (CEV)

Psalm 129:4 The LORD is righteous; he has cut the cords of the wicked. (RSV)

Psalm 130:1-2a Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD; O Lord, hear my voice. (NIV)

Psalm 131:2 ...I am calm and quiet. I am like a baby with its mother. I am at peace, like a baby with its mother. (NCV)

Psalm 132:16b Those who worship me will really sing for joy. (NCV)

Psalm 133:1-3 (the whole psalm) It is truly wonderful when relatives live together in peace. It is as beautiful as olive oil poured on Aaron's head and running down his beard and the collar of his robe. It is like the dew from Mount Hermon, falling on Zion's mountains, where the LORD has promised to bless his people with life forevermore. (CEV)

Psalm 134:1a Praise the Lord, all you servants of the Lord. (NCV)

Psalm 135:7,1a The LORD makes the clouds rise from far across the earth, and he makes lightning to go with the rain. Then from his secret place he sends out the wind. Shout praises to the LORD! (CEV)

Psalm 136:1a It is good to give thanks to the LORD. (NEB)

Psalm 137:6 Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth, if I don't think about you above all else. (CEV)

Psalm 138:3 On the day I called to you, you answered me. You made me strong and brave. (NCV)

Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (KJV)

Psalm 140:7 You have the power to save me, and you keep me safe in every battle. (CEV)

Psalm 141:3 Lord, help me control my tongue. Help me be careful about what I say. (NCV)

Psalm 142:3a When I am afraid, you, Lord, know the way out. (NCV)

Psalm 143:10 Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. (NIV)

Psalm 144:5 Open the heavens like a curtain and come down, LORD. Touch the mountains and make them send up smoke. (CEV)

Psalm 145:9 The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works. (KJV)

Psalm 146:7 The LORD feeds the hungry and sets the prisoner free. (NEB)

Psalm 147:4-5a He counts the stars and calls them all by name. How great he is! (TLB)

Psalm 148:2-3 Praise him, all his angels, praise him, all his host! Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars! (RSV)

Psalm 149:3 Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with timbrel and lyre! (RSV)

Psalm 150:6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD. (NIV)

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