David prays, "O LORD, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am!" (Psalm 39:4). Why does David pray for such an awareness of his mortality? So that he will not pursue the fleeting vanities of life, but hope in God (Psalm 39:6-7). To sing Psalm 39 we wrote an original paraphrase to fit Robert Lowry's hymn melody "Here Is Love" (1876). This recording features Naomi Stamoolis on vocals, Joel Stamoolis on double bass, Sean Tracy on guitar, Maggie Chapman on flute, Tanya Galloway on piano, and Igor Galloway on drums.
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 40 begins literally, "In my waiting, I waited", an intensifying Hebrew grammatical construction meaning "I waited long, I waited patiently, I waited intently". David waited long upon the LORD, and the LORD answered with deliverance. David responds by giving resounding testimony of God's deliverance, praying for further deliverance, and offering himself wholly to God's service, pointing to Jesus who supremely offered himself to God (Hebrews 10:5-10). To sing Psalm 40 we wrote an original call and response setting, using verse three of the psalm as a refrain. 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.
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.