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 93 praise the LORD who reigns over all creation, highlighting his power over the flood waters and the seas. When Jesus calms the sea (Matthew 8:23–27, Mark 4:35–41, Luke 8:22–25) his disciples are afraid. For Jesus does what only the LORD God of Psalm 93 can do. To sing this psalm we set lyrics from Sing Psalms (©2003 Free Church of Scotland) to the melody "Coronation" ("All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name) by Oliver Holden (1793). This recording features Willy Shelton, Andrea Sandefur, and Kimberly Hopkins on vocals, Joel Stamoolis on vocals and guitar, Heidi Friese on piano, Dexter Tucker on alto saxophone, Herb Dunham and David Tollerud on trumpet, Brian Beaudry on bass guitar, and Jeremy Bloomstrom on drums.
Psalm 92 is, in its own words, "a song for the Sabbath," a song for the day set aside for rest and worship. Psalm 92 affirms the goodness of giving thanks and singing praises together to the LORD, who graciously brings rest (Psalm 92:7-9) and flourishing (Psalm 92:12-15) to his people. To sing this psalm we set lyrics by Christopher Idle (©Jubilate Hymns) to an original melody and refrain. This recording features Joel Stamoolis on vocals and guitar, Laura Goertzen on vocals, Lauryn Pealatere on djembe, Naomi Stamoolis on English horn, and Andrea Sandefur on vocals and piano.
Psalm 91 describes the blessing of taking refuge in the LORD. The psalm concludes with God addressing the one who holds fast to Him. To sing this Psalm we set lyrics by David Preston (©Jubilate Hymns) to an original melody. This recording features Andrea Sandefur on vocals and piano, Laura Goertzen on vocals, Joel Stamoolis on cello, and Lauryn Pealatere on djembe.