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Psalm 34

Beginning with the inscription "Of David, when he changed his behavior before Abimelech, so that he drove him out, and he went away", Psalm 34 is not, as one might expect, a description of David's cunning escape strategy. Rather it is a humble and resounding testimony of God's deliverance, calling others to likewise fear and take refuge in the LORD. To sing Psalm 34 we set lyrics from Sing Psalms (©2003 Free Church of Scotland) to the traditional German hymn melody "Ellacombe" (used for many English hymns, such as "I Sing the Mighty Power of God" and Hosanna, Loud Hosanna"). This recording features Will Shelton and Naomi Stamoolis on vocals, Joel Stamoolis on vocals and bass, Sean Tracy on guitar, Maggie Chapman on flute, Tanya Galloway on piano, 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.