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Psalms Project

Psalm 62

Psalm 62 looks to God alone as our rest, refuge, and salvation. To sing Psalm 62, we used the setting written by Stuart Townend and Aaron Keys (©2007 Thankyou Music). This recording features Connie Stahle, Willy Shelton, and Naomi Stamoolis on vocals. Joel Stamoolis and Steve Watson on vocals and guitar, Dale Tumey on flute, Tanya Galloway on piano, John Rodgers on bass guitar, and Jeremy Bloomstrom on drums.

Psalm 61

Psalm 61 is a prayer that looks to God for refuge and longs for the unending reign of his anointed king. To sing Psalm 61 we set lyrics by Henrietta Ten Harmsel (©1987 Faith Alive Christian Resources) to the melody “Wye Valley” by James Mountain (1876). This recording features Andrea Sandefur, Willy Shelton, and Joel and Naomi Stamoolis on vocals and Anne-Renee Gumley on piano

Psalm 60

Psalm 60 is a communal prayer for restoration, confident that God is sovereign over all nations and that he alone can bring deliverance. To sing Psalm 60 we set lyrics by Sing Psalms (©2003 Free Church of Scotland) to an original melody. This recording features Andrea Sandefur and Willy Shelton on vocals, Naomi Stamoolis on oboe, Joel Stamoolis on double bass, and Anne-Renee Gumley on piano.

Psalm 59

Written “when Saul sent men to watch his house in order to kill him,” David uses canine imagery to describe being hunted. And yet, in his peril he is confident in God, his fortress, who shows him steadfast love (Psalm 59:16-17) To sing Psalm 59 we set lyrics by Jim Sayers (©Jim Sayers/Praise Trust) to an original melody and refrain. This recording features Joel Stamoolis on vocals and electric guitar, Naomi Stamoolis, Willy Shelton, and Connie Stahle on vocals, Steve Watson on guitar and vocals, Dale Tumey on tenor saxophone, Tanya Galloway on piano, John Rodgers on bass guitar, and Jeremy Bloomstrom on drums.

Psalm 58

Rulers who govern unjustly will be held accountable, for God will judge the earth. “Mankind will say, Surely there is a reward for the righteous; surely there is a God who judges on earth’” (Psalm 58:11). To sing Psalm 58 we set lyrics by Bert Polman (©1987 CRC Publications) to the traditional Hebrew melody "Numi, Numi". This recording features Andrea Sandefur on vocals, Joel Stamoolis on guitar, Anne-Renee Gumley on piano, Naomi Stamoolis on English horn, Ruth Schwartz on cello, Heath Hassen on bass guitar, and Thomas Doak on drums.

Psalm 57

“My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast” (Psalm 57:7). Written by David when “when he fled from Saul, in the cave,” Psalm 57 seeks not just deliverance but ultimately to see the manifestation of God’s glory over all the earth. To sing Psalm 57 we set lyrics by David Preston (©David Preston/Jubilate Hymns) to an original melody. This recording features Andrea Sandefur on vocals, Joel Stamoolis on guitar and vocals, Anne-Renee Gumley on piano and vocals, Naomi Stamoolis on English horn, Ruth Schwartz on cello, Heath Hassen on bass guitar, and Thomas Doak on drums.

Psalm 56

Written by David when the Philistines seized him in Gath, David entrusts himself to God, who knows his wanderings and his tears and will bring deliverance. To sing Psalm 56 we set lyrics by Timothy Dudley Smith (©1973, 1998 Hope Publishing) to the melody of “Jude Doxology” (©2015 Joel Stamoolis and Luke Tegeler). This recording features Andrea Sandefur on vocals, Joel Stamoolis on guitar and vocals, Anne-Renee Gumley on piano and vocals, Naomi Stamoolis on English horn, Ruth Schwartz on cello, Heath Hassen on bass guitar, and Thomas Doak on drums.

Psalm 55

Amid violence and oppression in the city and even betrayal by a close friend, David desires to “fly away and be at rest” (Psalm 55:6). This lament ends with a call for the worshipers to cast their burdens on the LORD, affirming that God will sustain the righteous through their trials and will ultimately deal with evil. To sing Psalm 55 we wrote an original setting. This recording features Joel Stamoolis on guitar and vocals, Elizabeth Rodgers and Willy Shelton on vocals, Anne-Renee Gumley on piano, John Rodgers on electric guitar, Dale Tumey on tenor saxophone, Heath Hassen on bass guitar, and Igor Galloway on drums.

Psalm 54

“O God, save me by your name, and vindicate me by your might.” Psalm 54:1 (ESV) To sing this prayer for deliverance we wrote an original paraphrase to the American melody “Restoration” (Southern Harmony, 1835). This recording features Joel Stamoolis on guitar and vocals, Andrea Sandefur on vocals, Anne-Renee Gumley on piano, Naomi Stamoolis on English horn, Ruth Schwartz on cello, Heath Hassen on bass guitar, and Thomas Doak on drums.

Psalm 53

Psalm 53, a psalm nearly identical to Psalm 14, begins: "The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God.'" But before God's people can look down on the unbelieving, the psalm goes on to affirm that "there is none who does good, not even one," as Paul points out in Romans 3, quoting at length from these psalms. To sing Psalm 53, we used Bev Herrema's great adaptation "Hear the Fool" (2011 Pilot Point Music). This recording features Andrea Sandefur on vocals, Joel Stamoolis on vocals and guitar, Naomi Stamoolis on oboe, Ruth Schwartz on cello, Anne-Renne Gumley on vocals and piano, Heath Hassen on bass guitar, and Thomas Doak on drums.

Psalm 52

Psalm 52 echoes themes from Psalm 1, namely that the way of the wicked will perish, but the righteous, who trust in God, will be like a flourishing tree in his house. To sing Psalm 52, we used the same original melody we used for Psalm 1, with lyrics by David Preston (©David Preston/Jubilate). This recording features Joel Stamoolis on vocals and guitar, Andrea Sandefur on vocals, Naomi Stamoolis on English horn, Ruth Schwartz on cello, Anne-Renee Gumley on piano, Heath Hassen on bass guitar, and Thomas Doak on drums.

Psalm 51

Psalm 51 is perhaps David's best known psalm of confession, written after the prophet Nathan confronted him with his sins (2 Samuel 12:1-15). In our culture, many are familiar with Psalm 51 through the anonymous chorus "Create in Me a Clean Heart". To sing Psalm 51, we wrote verses to this chorus. This recording features Willy Shelton and Elizabeth Rodgers on vocals, Joel Stamoolis on vocals and guitar, John Rodgers on electric guitar, Dale Tumey on saxophone, Anne-Renee Gumley on piano, Heath Hassen on bass guitar, and Igor Galloway on drums.

Psalm 50

In Psalm 50 God speaks to his people, calling them to faithful relationship with him. To sing Psalm 50, we used a choral chant written by Jonathan Battishill (1738-1801) with an original congregational refrain. This recording features Joel and Naomi Stamoolis, Willy Shelton, and Andrea Sandefur on vocals, and Anne-Renee Gumley on piano.

Psalm 49

Psalm 49 is a wisdom psalm reminding us not to trust in wealth but in the LORD, who alone can deliver us from death. To sing Psalm 49 we set lyrics from Sing Psalms (©2003 Free Church of Scotland) to a traditional melody from the Isle of Man. This recording features Andrea Sandefur and Willy Shelton on vocals, Naomi Stamoolis on oboe, Joel Stamoolis on double bass, and Anne-Renee Gumley on piano.

Psalm 48

Psalm 48 celebrates Zion as God's city, his holy dwelling. Our initial congregational singing of Psalm 48 coincided with a sermon on Hebrews 12, so we wrote an original psalm paraphrase, drawing also from the language of Hebrews 12:22-25. 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.

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