In an earlier post, you can see a list of 7 primary categories for the Psalms.  My goal for each Psalm is to:

1. Categorize 

2. Give a brief description 

3. List any Old Testament passages that are related 

4. List any New Testament quotations 

5. Give the author of each Psalm where possible

In the initial work I am using Excel so that the information will be sortable.  This feature will be particularly useful when the project is completed.  Unfortunately for some reason I cannot upload the Excel File.  If you would like it, I can email it to me if you drop a note in the comments section. For now, I will put the first 10 Psalms here as table and you can print it out as a PDF file by clicking here psalms-categorized.


Ps. Category


OT Ref.

NT Ref.


1 Righteous and Wicked Contrasted

The blessed longevity of the righteous contrasted with the destruction of the wicked.


David – most likely

2 Messianic

The Messiah’s Kingdom – all who are wise submit to Him.  He will judge the rebellious.


Acts 4:25-26, 13:33, Hebrews 1:5, 5:5, Rev. 2:26-27


3 Prayer for help

David asks God to save him from his enemies

Possibly about Absalom’s rebellion 2 Sam 15 – 18



4 Worship and Thanksgiving

In storms of adversity it is God who gives peace. Particulary vs 6-8 can be used to help one sleep in peace.


Ephesians 4:26


5 Righteous and Wicked Contrasted

God takes no pleasure in the works of the wicked. God is the defender of those who trust in Him.


Romans 3:13


6 Prayer for help

Have you ever asked, “How long?” A psalm of deep distress and anguish of heart ends with confidence in God who has heard.



7 Prayer for help

David asks God for help.  He asserts his righteousness in contrast with the wickedness of his enemies

This Psalm refers to David’s dealings with Cush who was a Benjaminite.  Their is no other OT ref.



8 Messianic

We as humans are given dominion over creation However because of the fall we do not enjoy this position.  Jesus has this position and will restore us.

Genesis 1:26-31

Matthew 21:16,     I Cor. 15:20-28, Hebrews 2:6-10


9 Righteous and Wicked Contrasted

The righteous works of God are praised, the wicked are warned of judgment, those in trouble have the Lord as a refuge



10 Prayer for help

David asks God to take note of and judge those who oppress the innocent and committ murder.


Romans 3:14