The Most Popular Psalms in the Bible

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The Psalms are a unique part of the Bible because of the raw emotion and beautiful imagery used by the psalmists to communicate with God. Our hearts resonate with the words of the psalms in a different way than other Scriptures because they give us Spirit-inspired words directed to God that we can’t express on our own.

Many of the Bible’s most beloved and quoted chapters are from the Old Testament book of Psalms.

We thought it would be helpful to have a list ranking the most popular Psalms¹ along with their corresponding author, category², and cross-references for further study.

We pray that your study of the psalms will cause your heart to echo with the words of Psalm 119:47, “I find my delight in your commandments, which I love.”

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The Most Popular Psalms in the Bible

Popularity
Psalm
Author
Category
Cross Reference
7 Psalms 001 Unknown Wisdom Psalm
33 Psalms 002 Unknown Royal Psalm Quoted in Acts 13:33; Hebrews 1:5, 5:5
19 Psalms 003 David Prayer of Lament 2 Samuel 15-17 – David flees from and battles Absalom
25 Psalms 004 David Prayer of Lament Quoted in Ephesians 4:26
26 Psalms 005 David Prayer of Lament Quoted in Romans 3:13
44 Psalms 006 David Prayer of Lament / Penitential Prayer Quoted in Matthew 7:23
56 Psalms 007 David Prayer of Lament
20 Psalms 008 David Song of Praise Quoted in Matthew 21:16; Hebrews 2:5-8; 1 Corinthians 15:27
64 Psalms 009 David Prayer of Lament
83 Psalms 010 Unknown Prayer of Lament Quoted in Romans 3:14
70 Psalms 011 David Confession of Trust
72 Psalms 012 David Prayer of Lament
40 Psalms 013 David Prayer of Lament
78 Psalms 014 David Prayer of Lament Quoted in Romans 3:10-12
47 Psalms 015 David Temple Entry Liturgy
37 Psalms 016 David Confession of Trust Quoted in Acts 2:25-31, 13:35
81 Psalms 017 David Prayer of Lament
18 Psalms 018 David Royal Psalm 2 Samuel 22 – David delivered from enemies and from Saul
22 Psalms 019 David Song of Praise/Wisdom Quoted in Romans 10:18
27 Psalms 020 David Royal Psalm
29 Psalms 021 David Royal Psalm
28 Psalms 022 David Prayer of Lament Quoted in Matthew 27:35, 46; Mark 15:24, 34; Luke 23:24; John 19:24; Hebrews 2:12
1 Psalms 023 David Confession of Trust
16 Psalms 024 David Temple Entry Liturgy Quoted in 1 Corinthians 10:26
17 Psalms 025 David Prayer of Lament
67 Psalms 026 David Prayer of Lament
3 Psalms 027 David Prayer of Lament
49 Psalms 028 David Prayer of Lament
65 Psalms 029 David Song of Praise
34 Psalms 030 David Song of Thanksgiving
15 Psalms 031 David Prayer of Lament Quoted in Luke 23:46
32 Psalms 032 David Song of Thanksgiving / Penitential Prayer Quoted in Romans 4:7-8
42 Psalms 033 Unknown Song of Praise
11 Psalms 034 David Song of Thanksgiving Quoted in 1 Peter 2:3, 3:10-12; John 15:25
10 Psalms 035 David Prayer of Lament
90 Psalms 036 David Prayer of Lament Quoted in Romans 3:18
6 Psalms 037 David Wisdom Psalm
76 Psalms 038 David Prayer of Lament / Penitential Prayer
88 Psalms 039 David Prayer of Lament
23 Psalms 040 David Song of Thanksgiving Quoted in Hebrews 10:5-7
48 Psalms 041 David Prayer of Lament Quoted in John 13:18
36 Psalms 042 Sons of Korah Prayer of Lament Quoted in Matthew 26:38
95 Psalms 043 Unknown Prayer of Lament Quoted in Mark 14:34
115 Psalms 044 Sons of Korah Prayer of Lament Quoted in Romans 8:36
79 Psalms 045 Sons of Korah Royal Psalm Quoted in Hebrews 1:8-9
14 Psalms 046 Sons of Korah Song of Praise
100 Psalms 047 Sons of Korah Song of Praise
123 Psalms 048 Sons of Korah Song of Praise
129 Psalms 049 Sons of Korah Wisdom Psalm
73 Psalms 050 Asaph Prophetic Oracle
8 Psalms 051 David Prayer of Lament 2 Samuel 11-12 – Nathan confronts David about adultery with Bathsheba; Quoted in Romans 3:4
121 Psalms 052 David Prayer of Lament 1 Samuel 22:9-19 – Doeg tells Saul that David went to the house of Abimelech
119 Psalms 053 David Prayer of Lament
85 Psalms 054 David Prayer of Lament 1 Samuel 23:19 – The Ziphites tell Saul that David is hiding among them
53 Psalms 055 David Prayer of Lament
58 Psalms 056 David Prayer of Lament 1 Samuel 21:10-11 – The Philistines seize David in Gath
84 Psalms 057 David Prayer of Lament 1 Samuel 22:1 (or 24:3) – David flees from Saul into a cave. Same as Psalm 142
140 Psalms 058 David Prayer of Lament
106 Psalms 059 David Prayer of Lament 1 Samuel 19:11 – Saul sends me to watch David’s house in order to kill him
141 Psalms 060 David Prayer of Lament 2 Samuel 8:1-14 – David’s victory over Transjordan
71 Psalms 061 David Prayer of Lament
61 Psalms 062 David Confession of Trust Quoted in Matthew 16:27
54 Psalms 063 David Confession of Trust 2 Samuel 15-17 or 1 Samuel 23:14-15 – David in the desert of Judah
120 Psalms 064 David Prayer of Lament
116 Psalms 065 David Song of Praise
103 Psalms 066 Unknown Song of Praise
102 Psalms 067 Unknown Song of Praise
82 Psalms 068 David Song of Praise Quoted in Ephesians 4:8
89 Psalms 069 David Song of Praise Quoted in John 2:17
52 Psalms 070 David Prayer of Lament
51 Psalms 071 Unknown Prayer of Lament
113 Psalms 072 Solomon Royal Psalm
41 Psalms 073 Asaph Wisdom Psalm
146 Psalms 074 Asaph Prayer of Lament
138 Psalms 075 Asaph Song of Thanksgiving
149 Psalms 076 Asaph Song of Praise
127 Psalms 077 Asaph Prayer of Lament
118 Psalms 078 Asaph Wisdom Psalm Quoted in Matthew 13:35; John 6:31
150 Psalms 079 Asaph Prayer of Lament
144 Psalms 080 Asaph Prayer of Lament
124 Psalms 081 Asaph Song of Praise
55 Psalms 082 Asaph Prayer of Lament Quoted in John 10:34
50 Psalms 083 Asaph Prayer of Lament
63 Psalms 084 Sons of Korah Song of Praise
125 Psalms 085 Sons of Korah Prayer of Lament
69 Psalms 086 David Prayer of Lament Quoted in Revelation 15:4
145 Psalms 087 Sons of Korah Song of Praise
132 Psalms 088 Sons of Korah Prayer of Lament
86 Psalms 089 Ethan the Ezrahite Royal Psalm
35 Psalms 090 Moses Prayer of Lament
2 Psalms 091 Unknown Confession of Trust Quoted by Satan in Matthew 4:5-7; Luke 4:10-11
46 Psalms 092 Unknown Song of Praise
114 Psalms 093 Unknown Song of Praise
108 Psalms 094 Unknown Prayer of Lament Quoted in 1 Corinthians 3:20
91 Psalms 095 Unknown Song of Praise Quoted in Hebrews 3:7-11, 3:15, 4:3, 5, 7
110 Psalms 096 Unknown Song of Praise
135 Psalms 097 Unknown Song of Praise
126 Psalms 098 Unknown Song of Praise
142 Psalms 099 Unknown Song of Praise
12 Psalms 100 Unknown Song of Praise
94 Psalms 101 David Royal Psalm
104 Psalms 102 Unknown Prayer of Lament / Penitential Prayer Quoted in Hebrews 1:10-12
13 Psalms 103 David Song of Praise
57 Psalms 104 Unknown Song of Praise Quoted in Hebrews 1:7; Matthew 13:32; Mark 4:32; Luke 13:19
87 Psalms 105 Unknown Song of Praise
131 Psalms 106 Unknown Song of Praise
45 Psalms 107 Unknown Song of Thanksgiving
133 Psalms 108 David Song of Praise
38 Psalms 109 David Prayer of Lament
98 Psalms 110 David Royal Psalm Quoted in Matthew 22:44; Mark 12:36; Luke 20:42-43; Acts 2:24-25; Hebrews 1:13, 5:6-10, 7:17, 21
112 Psalms 111 Unknown Song of Praise Quoted in Revelation 15:3-4
59 Psalms 112 Unknown Wisdom Psalm Quoted in 2 Corinthians 9:9
92 Psalms 113 Unknown Song of Praise
139 Psalms 114 Unknown Song of Praise
109 Psalms 115 Unknown Song of Praise
60 Psalms 116 Unknown Song of Thanksgiving Quoted in 2 Corinthians 4:13
97 Psalms 117 Unknown Song of Praise Quoted in Romans 15:11
21 Psalms 118 Unknown Song of Thanksgiving Quoted in Matthew 21:9, 39, 42; Mark 11:9-10, 12:10-11; Luke 13:35, 19:38, 20:17; John 12:13; Acts 4:11; 1 Peter 2:7
9 Psalms 119 Unknown Wisdom Psalm
117 Psalms 120 Unknown Pilgrim Song
4 Psalms 121 Unknown Pilgrim Song
107 Psalms 122 David Pilgrim Song
74 Psalms 123 Unknown Pilgrim Song
99 Psalms 124 David Pilgrim Song
111 Psalms 125 Unknown Pilgrim Song
66 Psalms 126 Unknown Pilgrim Song
24 Psalms 127 Solomon Pilgrim Song
80 Psalms 128 Unknown Pilgrim Song
136 Psalms 129 Unknown Pilgrim Song
96 Psalms 130 Unknown Pilgrim Song / Penitential Prayer
122 Psalms 131 David Pilgrim Song
148 Psalms 132 Unknown Pilgrim Song Quoted in Acts 2:30
30 Psalms 133 David Pilgrim Song
143 Psalms 134 Unknown Pilgrim Song
147 Psalms 135 Unknown Song of Praise
75 Psalms 136 Unknown Song of Praise
39 Psalms 137 Unknown Prayer of Lament
68 Psalms 138 David Song of Praise
5 Psalms 139 David Prayer of Lament
101 Psalms 140 David Prayer of Lament
105 Psalms 141 David Prayer of Lament
130 Psalms 142 David Prayer of Lament Same as Psalm 57
77 Psalms 143 David Prayer of Lament / Penitential Prayer
43 Psalms 144 David Royal Psalm
62 Psalms 145 David Song of Praise
128 Psalms 146 Unknown Song of Praise
93 Psalms 147 Unknown Song of Praise
137 Psalms 148 Unknown Song of Praise
134 Psalms 149 Unknown Song of Praise
31 Psalms 150 Unknown Song of Praise
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Bonus: Top 25 Popular Bible Verses from the Psalms

1. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105

2. “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” Psalm 19:1

3. “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.” Psalm 1:1-2

4. “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:13

5. “Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalms 37:4

6. “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!” Psalms 103:1

7. “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”Psalms 46:10

8. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalms 46:1

9. “O LORD, you have searched me and known me!” Psalms 139:1

10. “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.” Psalms 127:3

11. “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Psalms 23:1

12. “The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.” Psalms 19:7

13. “The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good.” Psalms 14:1

14. “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalms 27:1

15. “The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein…” Psalms 24:1

16. “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.” Psalms 51:5

17. “The LORD says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.”” Psalms 110:1

18. “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalms 91:1

19. “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalms 51:10

20. “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” Psalms 119:11

21. “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” Psalms 90:2

22. “I will tell of the decree: The LORD said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you.” Psalms 2:7

23. “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalms 19:14

24. “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” Psalms 139:14

25. “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalms 23:4

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¹Popularity measured with the Google Keyword Planner Tool’s monthly search predictions 05/14
² Categories used come from Psalms (New International Biblical Commentary) by Craig C. Broyles
³ Ranking used with permission from TopVerses.com (https://www.topverses.com/Bible/Psalms)

Author: Kevin Halloran

Kevin Halloran

Servant of the Word. Husband. Blogs weekly at Anchored in Christ. Content Strategist/Trainer in Latin America with Leadership Resources International.

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