Psalms 1 and 2 are often called the gateway to the book of Psalms, for they introduce key themes that run throughout the book. Psalm 1 describes the righteous one and, by extension, the righteous ones, their relationship with the LORD, and his blessing upon them. To sing this psalm we used lyrics from The Book of Psalms for Worship (©2009 Crown and Covenant) and paired them with a melody familiar to our congregation, “Approach, My Soul, the Mercy Seat” (©2011 Joel Stamoolis). This recording features Alyssa Foss on vocals, Sean Tracy on guitar, Thomas Doak on cajón, and Joel Stamoolis on cello.
Psalm 62 looks to God alone as our rest, refuge, and salvation. To sing Psalm 62, we used the setting written by Stuart Townend and Aaron Keys (©2007 Thankyou Music). This recording features Connie Stahle, Willy Shelton, and Naomi Stamoolis on vocals. Joel Stamoolis and Steve Watson on vocals and guitar, Dale Tumey on flute, Tanya Galloway on piano, John Rodgers on bass guitar, and Jeremy Bloomstrom on drums.
Psalm 61 is a prayer that looks to God for refuge and longs for the unending reign of his anointed king. To sing Psalm 61 we set lyrics by Henrietta Ten Harmsel (©1987 Faith Alive Christian Resources) to the melody “Wye Valley” by James Mountain (1876). This recording features Andrea Sandefur, Willy Shelton, and Joel and Naomi Stamoolis on vocals and Anne-Renee Gumley on piano
Psalm 60 is a communal prayer for restoration, confident that God is sovereign over all nations and that he alone can bring deliverance. To sing Psalm 60 we set lyrics by Sing Psalms (©2003 Free Church of Scotland) to an original melody. This recording features Andrea Sandefur and Willy Shelton on vocals, Naomi Stamoolis on oboe, Joel Stamoolis on double bass, and Anne-Renee Gumley on piano.