The book of Psalms was the Israelite hymnbook, and many of our hymns are derived from them. In August 2022, I wrote a series of blog posts connecting some of the Psalms with sacred music and with related Book of Mormon passages. Here is a list of those posts:
Based on: Psalm 27
Core message: Some hymns represent a personal testimony, even though we sing them as a group. “The Lord is my light,” not “The Lord is the light.”
Related Book of Mormon passage: 2 Nephi 22:2
Based on: Psalm 23
Core message: Jesus is the good shepherd (John 10:11). He provides gentle leadership. It is up to us whether we will follow Him.
Related Book of Mormon passages: Alma 5:60, Helaman 7:18, Mormon 5:18
Based on: Psalm 46
Core message: “God is our refuge…a very present help in time of trouble.” He is not distant and detached. He is aware of us and willing to help..
Related Book of Mormon passages: Helaman 5:12, 2 Nephi 4:30
Based on: Psalm 24
Core message: We can feel joy today because of a future event that is certain to happen. We need not wait until the event occurs to feel that happiness.
Related Book of Mormon passages: Alma 5:50, Alma 13:25
Based on: Psalm 55
Core message: God will ease our burdens as we draw nearer to Him. Even if He doesn’t take them away, He can make them seem light.
Related Book of Mormon passages: Mosiah 24:14-15, Alma 33:23
Based on: Psalm 148
Core message: The more fully we embrace our identity as sons and daughters of God, the more of a connection we feel with His other creations.
Related Book of Mormon passages: Mosiah 28:3, Alma 18:28-36, Alma 22:10-13
Based on: Psalm 100
Core message: The gospel can bring pure joy into our lives if we will just get out of our own way and let it happen.
Related Book of Mormon passages: 1 Nephi 1:15, 2 Nephi 9:3, 2 Nephi 11:8