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Psalm 41

The book of Psalms begins by affirming that the one who delights in the LORD will be blessed (Psalm 1) and that God will establish his anointed king (Psalm 2). Psalm 41 provides a fitting closing to Book I of the Psalms. David (God's anointed king) affirms again God's blessing on the righteous (Psalm 41:1-3), but also laments his persecution. "Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me." (Psalm 41:9, John 13:18). Nevertheless, Psalm 2 will be fulfilled; the enemy will not prevail (Psalm 41:11). Confident in the LORD, Psalm 41 and Book I end with a beautiful doxology. To sing Psalm 41 we set lyrics from Sing Psalms (©2003 Free Church of Scotland) to an original melody, writing also a refrain to highlight the closing doxology of Book I. This recording features Joel Stamoolis on vocals and guitar, Willy Shelton, Alyssa Foss, and Sean Tracy on vocals, Ruth Schwartz on cello, Heath Hassen on bass guitar, and Jeremy Bloomstrom 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.