Emotions often take our words away from us. Joy, grief, confusion, longing can all leave us speechless. Knowing this, our Lord has given us a gift – the Psalms. St Athanasius said that in the Psalms "you find depicted ... all the movements of your soul, all its changes, its ups and downs, its failures and recoveries. Moreover, whatever your particular need or trouble, from this same book you can select a form of words to fit it, so that you do not merely hear and then pass on, but learn the way to remedy your ill." In the Psalms the Lord has given us words to speak to each other and to him when our own tongues are lost for words. What a precious gift!!
But the Psalms are more than spoken words. They are sung words. Israel, Jesus and the new family of Jew and Gentiles he created all took the Psalms, put them to music and let their voices rise with instruments.
So this term we too will sing a version of Psalm 126. And below is a list of musicians who, in different ways have put the Psalms of Ascent and many others to music. I encourage you to google the artists below so that God’s word might dwell in us more richly as we take his word on our lips in our own private moments and in our gatherings.
Sojourn Music: Psalm 126 from their album New Again (we will be singing this version in our 1015, MN, 5 & Night church congregations)
The Corner Room: Psalm 121 &127 (plus others) from their album Psalm Songs, Vol. 1
Sons of Korah: Psalms 123, 125 and 128, 130 (plus others)
Coram Deo Church: Psalms 120, 121, 126, 130 and 132 from their album Life in between
From Mike Begbie Assistant Minister.