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 2 describes the LORD’s reign over all the earth that he will establish through his anointed king. As the king is crowned, God calls him “my Son”. In Acts 13:33 and Romans 1:4, Paul speaks of Jesus’ resurrection as his coronation using language from this Psalm. To sing this psalm we used lyrics from Sing Psalms (©2004 Free Church of Scotland) with the melody of “In Christ Alone” by Stuart Townend and Keith Getty (©2001 Thankyou Music). This recording features Kim Hopkins on vocals, Sean Tracy and Joel Stamoolis on guitar, and Thomas Doak on cajón.
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.