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Psalm 38

In Psalm 38, David describes his sin using vivid physical imagery. His sins are like a wound that is foul and festering. He has become senseless: he cannot hear, he cannot speak. He is wasting away because of his sin. He feels its effects physically, socially and politically. His sin is not only destroying him, but it is a grave offense to God. At the heart of Psalm 38 is confession and an appeal to God for mercy. It begins with the phrase, “O LORD, rebuke me not in your anger,” and ends with the phrase, “O LORD, my salvation.” To sing Psalm 38 we set lyrics from Sing Psalms (©2003 Free Church of Scotland) to a hymn melody by R.F. and E.K. Davis, published first in Hesperian Harp (1848) and then later in Sacred Harp. This recording features Joel Stamoolis on voice and guitar, Yvonne Veenstra on violin, and Igor Galloway on drums.

Psalm 47

Psalm 47 calls all peoples, all nations to sing to the LORD, for the LORD God is "King of all the earth" (Psalm 47:7). God chose Jacob as his heritage, so that through them all nations may be blessed, may be "the people of the God of Abraham" (Psalm 47:9) To sing Psalm 47 we wrote an original paraphrase to a traditional Zulu melody. This recording features Joel Stamoolis on vocals and guitar, Willy Shelton and Elizabeth Rodgers on vocals, Dale Tumey on tenor saxophone, John Rodgers on electric guitar, Anne-Renee Gumley on piano, Heath Hassen on bass guitar, and Igor Galloway on drums.

Psalm 46

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble" (Psalm 46:1). Even in the midst of troubled times, God's people can rest in the knowledge that God is present with them and that he will ultimately be exalted. To sing Psalm 46 we used an original setting familiar to our congregation. This recording features Joel Stamoolis on vocals and guitar, Willy Shelton and Elizabeth Rodgers on vocals, John Rodgers on electric guitar, Anne-Renee Gumley on piano, Heath Hassen on bass guitar, and Igor Galloway on drums.

Psalm 45

Psalm 45 is a love song to the messianic king, a king who is addressed both as man, "You are the most handsome of the sons of men" (Psalm 45:2), and as God, "Your throne, O God is forever and ever" (Psalm 45:6, Hebrews 1:8). Psalm 45 inspired the great hymn "Fairest Lord Jesus". To sing Psalm 45, we used the psalm adaptation "Fairest of All" written by Shane Barnard and Sean Carter (©2015 Songs from the Wellhouse) and recorded by Shane and Shane. This recording features Joel Stamoolis on vocals and guitar, Willy Shelton and Elizabeth Rodgers on vocals, John Rodgers on electric guitar, Anne-Renee Gumley on piano, Heath Hassen on bass guitar, and Igor Galloway on drums.