Psalm sections in hymnals
Question: Why do Catholic hymnals have “psalters”?
If we look at the typical modern Catholic hymnal (Gather, Worship, Breaking Bread, etc.), one usually finds a section devoted to songs from the psalms at the beginning or at the end of the hymnal. What you will notice, though, is that these very rarely have the unaltered texts of any of the Lectionary’s responsorial psalms - which is how we all are supposed to be doing responsorial psalms. In fact, frequently the texts are substantially altered, even to reflect the ideology that addressing God in the masculine is to be avoided.
The fact of hymnals having “psalters” contributes, I think, to the use of songs like “Shepherd Me, O God” as responsorial psalms. We would all be better off, I think, if publishers got rid of those sections in the hymnals and used whichever of those songs hold merit in the main body of the hymnal.