Psalms and Hymns

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:

The Lord Is My Light

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

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The Lord Is My Light (Hymns, 89)

My Shepherd

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

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The Lord is My Shepherd (Hymns, 108), arr. Mack Wilberg

My Fortress

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

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A Mighty Fortress (Hymns, 68), arr. Dan Forrest

The King of Glory Shall Come In

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

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Lift Up Your Heads, O Ye Gates, from Messiah by George Frederic Handel
How Great Thou Art, (Hymns, 86), arr. Nathan Hofheins

We Love Thy House

Based on: Psalm 26
Core message: We long to be in sacred spaces because we look forward to being in God’s presence.
Related Book of Mormon passages: 2 Nephi 12, 2 Nephi 19:2-3

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We Love Thy House, O God (Hymns, 247)
Cast thy Burden, from Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn (Hymns, 110)

Ages

Based on: Psalm 90
Core message: We have to expand our perspective, even beyond our own lifetime, if we want to understand God better.
Related Book of Mormon passage: Moroni 10:3

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O God, Our Help in Ages Past (Hymns, 31), arr. Mack Wilberg
Sweet Is the Work (Hymns, 147)
Joy to the World (Hymns, 201), arr. Mack Wilberg
O Thou Rock of Our Salvation (Hymns, 258), arr. Mack Wilberg
How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place, from A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms

All Creatures

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

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Psalm 148, from 2 Psalms by Gustav Holst

A Lamp Unto My Feet

Based on: Psalm 119:105
Core message: God sometimes lights the path just in front of our feet, showing us only the next step we should take.
Related Book of Mormon passage: 1 Nephi 4:6

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Lead, Kindly Light (Hymns, 97)

“O, My Soul”

Based on: Psalm 103:1-5
Core message: We can praise God collectively, but the choice to participate is an individual one which we must each make.
Related Book of Mormon passage: 2 Nephi 4:28, 30

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Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (Hymns, 72), arr. Mack Wilberg

O Be Joyful

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

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O Be Joyful in the Lord, by John Rutter

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