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Psalms Project

Psalm 93

Psalm 93 praise the LORD who reigns over all creation, highlighting his power over the flood waters and the seas. When Jesus calms the sea (Matthew 8:23–27, Mark 4:35–41, Luke 8:22–25) his disciples are afraid. For Jesus does what only the LORD God of Psalm 93 can do. To sing this psalm we set lyrics from Sing Psalms (©2003 Free Church of Scotland) to the melody "Coronation" ("All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name) by Oliver Holden (1793). This recording features Willy Shelton, Andrea Sandefur, and Kimberly Hopkins on vocals, Joel Stamoolis on vocals and guitar, Heidi Friese on piano, Dexter Tucker on alto saxophone, Herb Dunham and David Tollerud on trumpet, Brian Beaudry on bass guitar, and Jeremy Bloomstrom on drums.

Psalm 92

Psalm 92 is, in its own words, "a song for the Sabbath," a song for the day set aside for rest and worship. Psalm 92 affirms the goodness of giving thanks and singing praises together to the LORD, who graciously brings rest (Psalm 92:7-9) and flourishing (Psalm 92:12-15) to his people. To sing this psalm we set lyrics by Christopher Idle (©Jubilate Hymns) to an original melody and refrain. This recording features Joel Stamoolis on vocals and guitar, Laura Goertzen on vocals, Lauryn Pealatere on djembe, Naomi Stamoolis on English horn, and Andrea Sandefur on vocals and piano.

Psalm 91

Psalm 91 describes the blessing of taking refuge in the LORD. The psalm concludes with God addressing the one who holds fast to Him. To sing this Psalm we set lyrics by David Preston (©Jubilate Hymns) to an original melody. This recording features Andrea Sandefur on vocals and piano, Laura Goertzen on vocals, Joel Stamoolis on cello, and Lauryn Pealatere on djembe.

Psalm 90

Book IV of the Psalms begins with Psalm 90, a prayer of Moses. Praising God as the everlasting One and acknowledging the shortness of their lives, the worshipers ask that God would teach them, have pity on them, satisfy them with His love, make them rejoice and be glad, show them His work and power, and establish the work of their hands. To sing this Psalm we used the setting written by Sandra McCracken (©2016 Drink Your Tea Music). This recording features Laura Goertzen on vocals, Andrea Sandefur on vocals and piano, Joel Stamoolis on vocals and guitar, Lauryn Pealatere on djembe, and Naomi Stamoolis on oboe

Psalm 89

Psalm 89 is a community lament and an exercise in hope. The worshipers remember God's steadfast love and faithfulness in his covenant with David, while at the same time lamenting their current plight. Psalm 89 closes Book III of the Psalms with prayer and expectation that God will display his steadfast love and faithfulness through his anointed King, a prayer that has been, is being, and will be answered in Christ Jesus. To sing this psalm we used lyrics by Christopher Idle (©Jubilate Hymns), written to be paired with the traditional English carol melody "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen." This recording features Joel Stamoolis on vocals and guitar, Laura Goertzen on vocals, Lauryn Pealatere on djembe, Naomi Stamoolis on English horn, and Andrea Sandefur on piano.

Psalm 88

Psalm 88 is distinct among the psalms of lament, which typically move from lament to confident praise. Psalm 88 doesn’t. And yet Psalm 88 is a prayer of faith, as evidenced by the repeated second person pronoun “you.” Although the psalmist feels God's wrath heavy upon him, he does not turn away from God, but rather to Him. It is to the LORD God of his salvation that he prays daily, for it is only the LORD who hears and delivers. When we go through times of darkness, Psalm 88 gives us words to direct and express our need to the One who can deliver us. To sing this psalm we set lyrics from Sing Psalms (©2003 Free Church of Scotland) to an original melody. This recording features Andrea Sandefur and Alyssa Foss on vocals, Anne-Renee Gumley on piano, and Joel Stamoolis on cello.

Psalm 87

In Psalm 87, God speaks of people from foreign nations being registered as born in Zion. Even nations who had been enemies of Israel will be recorded as God's people, for God is restoring to himself a people from every tribe, tongue, and nation (Revelation 7:9-10). To sing this psalm we set lyrics by Sing Psalms (©2003 Free Church of Scotland) to the melody "Ode to Joy" by Lugwig van Beethoven (1824). This recording features Alyssa Foss and Andrea Sandefur on vocals, Anne-Renee Gumley on piano, and Joel Stamoolis on cello.

Psalm 86

Psalm 86 is a prayer for deliverance, trusting in God's steadfast love and sovereign reign. To sing this psalm we set lyrics by Jim Sayers to an original melody. This recording features Dave Rector and Joel Stamoolis on vocals and guitar.

Psalm 85

Remembering God's forgiveness in the past, Psalm 85 asks that God would again restore and revive his people, showing them his steadfast love. To sing this psalm we set lyrics from Sing Psalms (©2003 Free Church of Scotland) to the melody "Ebenezer" ("O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus") by Thomas Williams (1890). This recording features Andrea Sandefur and Alyssa Foss on vocals, Anne-Renee on piano, and Joel Stamoolis on cello.

Psalm 84

Psalm 84 celebrates the joy of being in God's dwelling place and even the joy of traveling there. Why such joy? The tabernacle and later the temple were the place to go to be made right with God, the place toward which to pray, the place to enjoy worship with God’s people, and the place to rejoice in God’s presence, beholding his glory. All of this we now have supremely in Jesus, in whom God came and tabernacled among us (John 1:14), Jesus, who came as the true and greater temple (John 2:19-22, Matthew 12:6). To sing this psalm, we wrote an original paraphrase to the melody of the Sussex carol. This recording features Alyssa Foss and Andrea Sandefur on vocals, Anne-Renee on piano, and Joel Stamoolis on cello.

Psalm 83

Psalm 83 is a prayer for deliverance from the surrounding nations who are threatening to destroy Israel forever (Psalm 83:4). The prayer is not only that God would thwart their enemies plans, but also that he would do so in a way that these hostile nations would be humbled and seek the name of the LORD (Psalm 83:16). To sing this psalm we set lyrics from Sing Psalms (©2003 Free Church of Scotland) to an original melody and wrote a refrain based on the closing prayer of the song (Psalm 83:16-18). This recording features Joel Stamoolis on vocals and guitar, Anne-Renee Gumley on vocals and piano, Dennis DeWinter on bass guitar, Dale Tumey on tenor saxophone, and Igor Galloway on drums.

Psalm 82

In Psalm 82, God takes his place in the divine council, in the midst of the gods, and judges them for not bringing justice to the earth, for not maintaining the right of the afflicted, for not rescuing the weak and needy. Who are these rulers being addressed and judged? Angelic beings or human authorities? Or both? There is mystery here, a glimpse into the unseen realm. What is clear as we read and sing this psalm is that God cares about the needy, the afflicted, and the fatherless, that he is sovereign over all the earth, that he holds rulers accountable, and that he will ultimately bring justice and deliverance. To sing this psalm we set lyrics from Sing Psalms (©2003 Free Church of Scotland) to an original melody. This recording features Alyssa Foss and Andrea Sandefur on vocals, Anne-Renee Gumley on piano, and Joel Stamoolis on cello.

Psalm 81

Psalm 81 begins with a call to sing and make music to God, remembering his deliverance. The LORD God then speaks in the first person, reminding his people of his deliverance, lamenting their stubbornness, and them to listen to him that he may fill and satisfy them. To sing this psalm we set lyrics from Sing Psalms (©2003 Free Church of Scotland) to an original melody. This recording features Andrea Sandefur and Alyssa Foss on vocals, Anne-Renee Gumley on piano, and Joel Stamoolis on cello.

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.

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