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Psalm 69

In Psalm 69, David laments the persecution he is suffering as God’s anointed King, a persecution Jesus would come to suffer much more severely. The psalm begins with David comparing his suffering to being engulfed by deep waters (Psalm 69:1-2, 14-15). Jesus likewise spoke of his suffering as a type of baptism (Luke 12:50). Like David, zeal for God’s house consumed Jesus (Psalm 69:9, John 2:17), and those who rejected God, rejected him. In the words of the psalm, “the reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me” (Psalm 69:9, Romans 15:3). As Jesus hung on the cross, he was given sour wine to drink, fulfilling the words of the psalm (Psalm 69:21, John 19:28-29). Psalm 69 not only describes the suffering of God’s anointed, but also the fate of those who reject God’s King. This is one of the psalms that Peter quotes in Acts 1 as the apostles are processing what happened to Judas. It is also the psalm that Paul quotes in Romans 11 to describe the Jews who are rejecting Jesus as Christ. Psalm 69 contains not only lament and warning, but also promise. God will bring salvation to the humble, to those who seek God, to all who love his name (Psalm 69:32-36). To sing Psalm 69 we set lyrics by Jim Sayers (©Jim Sayers) to an original melody. This recording features Naomi Stamoolis on vocals, Joel Stamoolis on guitar, Maggie Chapman on flute, Ruth Schwartz on cello, and Lauryn Pealatere on percussion.

Psalm 80

Psalm 80 laments persecution from the Gentiles. The worshipers look to the LORD who has shepherded them like a flock and has planted them like a vine. The psalm contains a repeated prayer, "Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved!" (Psalm 80:3, 7, 19). To sing this psalm we wrote an original setting. This recording features Joel Stamoolis on vocals and guitar, Anne-Renee Gumley on vocals and piano, Dale Tumey on tenor saxophone, Dennis DeWinter on bass guitar, and Igor Galloway on drums.

Psalm 79

Psalm 79 laments the destruction of Jerusalem and the defilement of the temple. The worshipers cry out to the LORD, asking Him to forgive them, deliver them, and bring glory to His name. To sing this psalm we set lyrics by Christopher Idle (©Christopher Idle/Jubilate Hymns) to an original melody, adding also an original refrain based on Psalm 79:9. This recording features Joel Stamoolis on vocals and guitar, Anne-Renee Gumley on vocals and piano, Dale Tumey on tenor saxophone, Dennis DeWinter on bass guitar, and Igor Galloway on drums.

Psalm 78

Psalm 78 is a wisdom psalm, telling the story of Israel repeatedly turning away from God and God answering to their sin with greater grace. The psalm ends with God giving his wandering people David, a king who is also a shepherd, pointing us ultimately to Jesus, the perfect shepherd King. To sing this psalm we wrote an original setting. This recording features Joel Stamoolis and Dave Rector on vocals and guitar.