Most of the psalms show the name of the writer at the top. King David wrote many of them. He lived almost 1,000 years before Jesus Christ.
The writers wrote the psalms for several different purposes. In some psalms, they remembered what God had done for his people in the past. There are happy psalms that praise God because he is great and good. In other psalms, they pray to God for help and they ask him to save them. Some pray to God that he will forgive the bad things that they have done. In some psalms, the writers ask God to destroy their enemies. Many of the psalms look to future times when God's special King will rule everything.
The psalms show how God worked in the lives of his people. They include many things that still happen in the lives of people today. Many people find help as they read them. We can read them when we are happy and we want to praise God. We can also read them if we are sad and we want God to help us. If we trust God, we know that he will help us in our troubles and he will save us.
The psalms tell us how great and powerful God is. They show us that bad things make him angry. They also show how much he loves us.