How I wish David and the other psalm writers had saved their sheet music. I long to know what these songs sounded like. Someday I’m going to insist on a concert from David and the Sons of Korah, along with appearances by Asaph and Heman the Ezrahite.
We must not lose sight of the fact that
these were songs
that were sung
I guess I’m not the only one who has dreamt of singing these magnificent lyrics. Several creative artists have put many of the psalms to music using the exact words right out of the Bible. For anyone interested in putting scripture to memory, this is the way to go. It’s so much easier to remember words put to music, evidenced by the fact that we can all sing the entire theme song to “Gilligan’s Island”. (Those of us who were kids in the 60s.)
This week, I felt like I hit the jackpot when I stumbled onto two albums put out by Exodus Music called “Psalm 119, Volume 1” and “Psalm 119, Volume 2”. The names of the first three songs in Volume 1 are Aleph, Bet and Gimel.
Yes, I did a cartwheel.
These two albums put the first 15 sections of Psalm 119 to music using a variety of styles, from folk to blues to country. Naturally, I emailed them and asked if they had plans to record Volume 3. I received a lovely response:
We are currently working on volume 3. We were scheduled to record the first week of quarantine and things are currently delayed. We still hope to finish the project as soon as possible.
Let’s end this week’s study by enjoying the song “Gimel” performed by Bethany Griffin.
Here are more Psalm albums to check out if you’re interested:
Psalms — by Sandra McCracken (“Flourishing” is based on Psalm 119)
Psalm Songs, Volumes 1 & 2 — by The Corner Room (Psalm 119:33-40 is on Vol. 2)
Psalms; Psalms Volume 2; Psalms Live — by Shane & Shane
Psalm 1, 16, 46, 91, 139 — five singles recorded by Sons of Korah (!)