Psalm Songs

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  • As the Deer

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    Psalm 42 and 43 are set to a haunting, melancholic melody that mirrors the poignancy of the original Psalm text. This song continues to be one of the most frequently downloaded songs of the site. An arrangement for choir published is by Augsburg Fortress.

    PowerPoint slides for congregational singing are available from Digital Songs & Hymns.

  • Deeper than the Sea

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    This rendition of Psalm 36:5-9 is an expansive folk-rock song of praise to the Creator whose love surpasses the grandeur of all creation. There are two versions of the song. First, it is available as a free leadsheet for congregation singing. Next, it is arranged for choir, piano, and congregation, with chord symbols so it can be accompanied by guitar and bass to get that “folk choir” kind of sound. It is a simple arrangement that will only take one rehearsal to learn, but it is by no means simplistic. The choral arrangement is published by GIA. (You can purchase the song at GIA or view a sample online.) If your church follows the lectionary, this scripture passage comes up on the second week of Epiphany in year C, and in Holy Week every year.

  • From There

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    This aria is taken from a cantata based on Psalm 113 and premiered at the 100 year anniversary of the Hermsdorfer Kirche in the former East Germany. “From there, where the sun rises, to the place where it sets — everywhere — the Lord of lords is praised!”

    Anthem for Alto solo and Piano/Organ. Purchase price allows you to make as many copies as you need for your ensemble.

  • I Cry Aloud to the Lord

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    Imagine Lady Smith Black Mambazo singing an African-American spiritual and you have an idea of what this piece sounds like. The desperate prayer expressed in Psalm 142 makes it ideal for Lent.

    Choral Anthem for TTBB. Purchase price allows you to make as many copies as you need for your choir.

  • I Will Wait Upon the Lord

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    This was written for Cornerstone University Ministry at the request of Henry Knapp. I chose Psalm 40 because I felt that the image of the feet being placed on solid rock could be appropriately updated to refer to the Solid Rock, Jesus Christ, the Cornerstone of our faith.

  • One Generation Will Call to the Next

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    Looking for a song to celebrate and encourage intergenerational worship? This setting of Psalm 145:1-7 was one of the winning songs of the CRC sesquicentennial hymn contest. Since then it has been included in three hymnals, recorded on a CD, sung at weddings, and used as a theme song for church dedications and education programs. One young person said this: I love this song. It has given me greater understanding of what a healthy church and Godly community looks like and has inspired me to be open to learning from the “last” generation.

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    A leadsheet is available here. For piano accompaniment or a festive choral anthem, visit GIA: https://www.giamusic.com/store/resource/one-generation-will-call-to-the-next-print-g9804. The choral anthem is extremely flexible, with options for solo, children’s choir, worship band, and full orchestra. (See instrumentation chart below).

    PowerPoint slides for congregational singing are available from Digital Songs & Hymns.

  • Online Psalms Concert – Singalong

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    Singalong bundle for Greg’s online Psalms Concert, April 3, 2022.

    You can watch the concert here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBiORFbDulE

    Includes the following leadsheets:

    • Psalm 132: O Savior, Come
    • Psalm 42/43: As the Deer
    • Psalm 8: How Often in the Deep of Night (with Linda Bonney Olin)
    • Psalm 69: Have Pity, My God (with David Diephouse)
    • Psalm 20: Blessing (with Kate Bluett)
    • Psalm 23: God Is Our Shepherd (with Michael Morgan)
    • Psalm 7: Arise! – Isaac Watts
    • Psalm 146: Praise the Lord! (with Charles Freeman)
    • Psalm 77: We Will Remember (with Travis Ham)
    • Psalm 44: For Your Mercy’s Sake (with Tammy Moody)
    • Psalm 135: I Know the Lord Is Great! (with Hunter Lynch)
    • Psalm 18: I Love You, God My Lord (with Adam Carlill)
    • Psalm 62: Only God Can Save Me Now (with Doug Gay)
    • Psalm 9/10: Rise Up, O Lord! (with Naaman Wood)
    • Psalm 16: The Refuge of My Soul
  • Pilgrim Psalms: Songs of Ascents

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    Pilgrim Psalms is my latest musical journey, writing songs for all fifteen Songs of Ascents (Psalms 120-134). You can listen to a podcast about the project above or hear all the songs uninterrupted below.

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    Download music for all the Pilgrim Psalms at once, or go to an individual psalm below.

    Psalm 120: Deliver Me
    Psalm 121: My God, My Guide, My Guard
    Psalm 122: Let Us Go!
    Psalm 123: Have Mercy
    Psalm 124: Our Help
    Psalm 125: Everlasting Peace
    Psalm 126: Tears and Joy
    Psalm 127: Wait for the Work of the Lord
    Psalm 128: Bless Us, O Lord
    Psalm 129: We Won’t Stay Down Forever
    Psalm 130: From Down in the Depths
    Psalm 131: Wait for the Lord
    Psalm 132: Dwell in Us
    Psalm 133: How Good and Beautiful
    Psalm 134: Bless the Lord!

  • Psalm 1: Blessed Are They

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    Psalm 1 is the perfect way to begin the Psalms: It is exquisitely structured poetry that makes plain the path of the faithful versus the way of the foolish–a major theme of the Psalmists. This is all well and good for those who are already immersed in the Psalms, but for beginners, ending a poem with “the way of the wicked leads to destruction” is a hard sell. When I write Psalm songs, I try to transplant the original Psalm in a way that makes sense to modern ears. “Blessed Are They” is a Gospel-inflected tune that provides the proverbial “spoonful of sugar” that lets the Psalm’s message come through.

  • Psalm 100: Shout for Joy to the Lord All the Earth

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    This setting of Psalm 100 evokes the celebration of all creation with colorful chords and and a flowing melody.

    Sheet music for voice and piano.

  • Psalm 103: Bless the Lord, O My Soul!

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    Commissioned to be sung at the graduation ceremony of Western Theological Seminary, this song captures the exuberance and gratitude of Psalm 103 in an upbeat gospel style. This Psalm is traditionally sung as a thanksgiving song at the conclusion of communion–indeed, Western still uses it regularly in their chapel’s communion–but it also works well as a general song of praise of choral offertory.
    Above is an MP3 of Finale playing back the choral score. Starting at 17:23 in the video below is the anthem being sung as part of Calvin University’s chapel.

  • Psalm 103: My Soul Will Glorify the Lord

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    This setting of Psalm 103 fits into the context of Father’s Day because of its reference to a father’s love in the second verse, but it can be sung during any time of worship.

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