Psalm 15 begins with the questions: "O LORD, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill?" The psalm then goes on to describe a true worshiper, a description ultimately embodied perfectly by Jesus. We sang this psalm to an original paraphrase and melody. This recording features Joel Stamoolis on vocals and cello, Naomi Stamoolis on vocals, Sean Tracy on guitar, and Thomas Doak on cajón.
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.
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.