Pure Words is a collection of songs from the early Psalms. Several of them have been around for at least a couple years, and most of them are being used in our church. When I gathered my thoughts for this project, I had probably 8 or 9 of them written already, and I set out to finish the remainder of the first 16 Psalms. I did not succeed as I wished: you will notice the absence of Psalm 9. Perhaps one day I will be man enough to write a song for Psalm 9, but that day is not yet.
It seems to me that the Church should be singing the Psalms, her ancient songbook. In a number of places in the New Testament the Psalms are spoken of or quoted as though they had been uttered by the Messiah. If this is the case, and I believe it is, and if the believer's task in life is to grow more into the image of Jesus, then mastering the Psalms would be a wise way to learn the mind of Christ. Do you want to be like Jesus? Well, here is a treasure trove of the way that Jesus thinks and expresses Himself in song. Learn to sing them well. Jesus is pleased when His people know how He thinks.
Most of these songs are taken word for word from the ESV Bible. I have taken artistic license in a few places, particularly in older songs, but I have found that the ESV makes doing so unnecessary. There is something very musical about this translation, something which accommodates it to contemporary song without need of revision. This is a very good thing, because today's churches need to be singing the Psalms, and doing so in a fashion which makes sense to the modern ear.
To the Church of Jesus Christ the King: may these songs be useful for you, and helpful in your pursuit of Him.
July 30, 2008
Grande Prairie, AB
(click on each track title for an MP3 sample or here
- Tree - Psalm 1
- Kiss the Son - Psalm 2
- Lifter of My Head - Psalm 3
- Trust - Psalm 4 chant
- Give Ear to My Words - Psalm 5
- Turn O Lord - Psalm 6
- Yahweh My God - Psalm 7
- How Excellent - Psalm 8
- Why Do You Stand Far Off - Psalm 10
- Behold His Face - Psalm 11
- Pure Words - Psalm 12
- Consider - Psalm 13
- The Fool Says - Psalm 14
- Holy Hill - Psalm 15
- Preserve Me O God - Psalm 16
- Yahweh My God Remix - Psalm 7
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