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Psalms Project

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.

Psalm 78

Psalm 78 is a wisdom psalm, telling the story of Israel repeatedly turning away from God and God answering to their sin with greater grace. The psalm ends with God giving his wandering people David, a king who is also a shepherd, pointing us ultimately to Jesus, the perfect shepherd King. To sing this psalm we wrote an original setting. This recording features Joel Stamoolis and Dave Rector on vocals and guitar.

Psalm 77

In Psalm 77, the psalmist laments the confusion and distress he is experiencing, while also keeping perspective by meditating on God's wondrous deliverance in past, remembering how God shepherds His people, even bringing them through the sea. To sing this psalm we set lyrics by David Preston (©David Preston/Jubilate Hymns) to an original melody. This recording features Joel Stamoolis and Dave Rector on vocals and guitar.

Psalm 76

Psalm 76 praises the LORD God of Israel as God and Judge over all kings and nations, mightier than any army, the One who will "save all the humble of the earth" (Psalm 76:9). To sing Psalm 76, we set lyrics by David Preston (©David Preston/Jubilate Hymns) to an original melody. This recording features Joel Stamoolis on vocals and guitar, Anne-Renee Gumley on vocals and piano, Dale Tumey on saxophone, Dennis DeWinter on bass guitar, and Igor Galloway on drums.

Psalm 75

Psalm 75 is a psalm of thanksgiving, praising God as the just judge of all creation, who will set all things right. 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 flute, Dennis DeWinter on bass guitar, and Igor Galloway on drums.

Psalm 74

Psalm 74 laments the utter destruction of the temple, the place where God's name and glory dwelt. In his anguish, the psalmist cries out to God, asking God to remember his people, his dwelling place, his covenant, and the scoffing of the enemy. In the fullness of time, the glorious presence of God did return to Zion. Psalm 74 has been, is being, and will be answered in Jesus, the true and greater temple. To sing Psalm 74 we set lyrics by David Preston (©David Preston/Jubilate Hymns) to an original melody based on the chant tone “Tonus Peregrinus.” This recording features Naomi Stamoolis on vocals, Joel Stamoolis on guitar, Maggie Chapman on flute, Ruth Schwartz on cello, and Lauryn Pealatere on percussion.

Psalm 73

Book III opens with this wisdom psalm, reminding the worshipers not to envy the wicked when they prosper, but to look to God as our strength and portion forever. To sing Psalm 73, Andrea Sandefur wrote for us an original setting. This recording features Andrea Sandefur on vocals, Joel Stamoolis on vocals and guitar, Maggie Chapman on flute, Ruth Schwartz on cello, and Lauryn Pealatere on percussion.

Psalm 72

Psalm 72 is a prayer for God's anointed king, seeking and describing the glorious and endless reign of a great King, gracious and just, whom all nations will bless. This psalm is beautifully fulfilled in Christ Jesus. To sing this psalm we set lyrics by Timothy Dudley-Smith (©Timothy Dudley-Smith/Oxford University Press) to the melody "Aurelia" ("The Church's One Foundation") by Samuel Wesley (1864). 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 71

God is our rock of refuge in all things and in every stage of life (Psalm 71:17-18). To sing Psalm 71 we set lyrics by Jim Sayers (©Jim Sayers) to a traditional Breton melody and the refrain of “Colossians Hymn” (©2011 Joel Stamoolis), praising Jesus as our Rock (1 Corinthians 10:4). This recording features Joel Stamoolis on vocals and guitar, Naomi Stamoolis on vocals, Maggie Chapman on flute, Ruth Schwartz on cello, and Lauryn Pealatere on percussion.

Psalm 70

Psalm 70 is a short and poignant prayer for help, echoing the end of Psalm 40. To sing Psalm 70 we set lyrics by Bert Polman (©CRC Publications) to the melody “The Giver” (©2016 Joel Stamoolis). This recording features Joel Stamoolis on vocals and guitar, Maggie Chapman on flute, Ruth Schwartz on cello, and Lauryn Pealatere on percussion.

Psalm 69

In Psalm 69, David laments the persecution he is suffering as God’s anointed King, a persecution Jesus would come to suffer much more severely. The psalm begins with David comparing his suffering to being engulfed by deep waters (Psalm 69:1-2, 14-15). Jesus likewise spoke of his suffering as a type of baptism (Luke 12:50). Like David, zeal for God’s house consumed Jesus (Psalm 69:9, John 2:17), and those who rejected God, rejected him. In the words of the psalm, “the reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me” (Psalm 69:9, Romans 15:3). As Jesus hung on the cross, he was given sour wine to drink, fulfilling the words of the psalm (Psalm 69:21, John 19:28-29). Psalm 69 not only describes the suffering of God’s anointed, but also the fate of those who reject God’s King. This is one of the psalms that Peter quotes in Acts 1 as the apostles are processing what happened to Judas. It is also the psalm that Paul quotes in Romans 11 to describe the Jews who are rejecting Jesus as Christ. Psalm 69 contains not only lament and warning, but also promise. God will bring salvation to the humble, to those who seek God, to all who love his name (Psalm 69:32-36). To sing Psalm 69 we set lyrics by Jim Sayers (©Jim Sayers) to an original melody. This recording features Naomi Stamoolis on vocals, Joel Stamoolis on guitar, Maggie Chapman on flute, Ruth Schwartz on cello, and Lauryn Pealatere on percussion.

Psalm 68

The opening of Psalm 68 echoes Numbers 10:35, Moses’ call whenever the ark set out in the wilderness. The psalm celebrates the presence of God coming victoriously through the wilderness and ultimately up to Jerusalem. It was probably used to celebrate the ark of the covenant being brought into Jerusalem. Accordingly, Paul quotes from Psalm 68 in Ephesians 4 to speak of Jesus’ ascension: Jesus, the mediator of the new covenant, the presence of God, ascending victoriously to the heavenly Jerusalem. To sing Psalm 68 we set lyrics by Christopher Idle (©Christopher Idle/Jubilate Hymns) to an original melody and refrain. This recording features Joel Stamoolis on vocals and guitar, Connie Stahle and Willy Shelton on vocals, Steve Watson on guitar, Dale Tumey on flute, Tanya Galloway on piano, John Rodgers on bass guitar, and Jeremy Bloomstrom on drums.

Psalm 67

Psalm 67 is a prayer that God's people would be blessed, so that his saving power may be known among all nations, that all peoples would come to know and praise him. To sing Psalm 67 we used “May the Peoples Praise You” (©2016 Getty Music Publishing), a wonderful contemporary hymn based on this psalm. This recording features Connie Stahle, Naomi Stamoolis, and Willy Shelton on vocals, Joel Stamoolis and Steve Watson on guitar and vocals, Dale Tumey on flute, Tanya Galloway on piano, John Rodgers on bass guitar, and Jeremy Bloomstrom on drums.

Psalm 66

Psalm 66 is a call to praise God for his awesome deeds. To sing Psalm 66 we set lyrics by David Preston (©David Preston/Jubilate Hymns) to an original melody. This recording features Andrea Sandefur and Naomi Stamoolis on vocals, Joel Stamoolis on guitar, Maggie Chapman on flute, Ruth Schwartz on cello, and Lauryn Pealatere on percussion.

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