Psalm 24

A Psalm. Pertaining to Dauid. On the first of the sabbaths. The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness, the inhabited world and all those who inhabit it; He himself founded it on seas and prepared it on rivers. Who shall ascend onto the mountain of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy…

Psalm 20

At the end. A Psalm. Pertaining to Dauid. May the Lord hearken to you in the day of affliction! May the name of the God of Iakob protect you! May he send you help from a holy place and support you from Sion. May he remember your every sacrifice, and let your whole burnt offering…

Psalm 9/10

At the end. Over the secrets of the son. A Psalm. Pertaining to Dauid. I will acknowledge you, O Lord, with my whole heart; I describe all your wonders. I will be glad and will rejoice in you; I will sing a psalm to your name, O Most High. When my enemy turns back, rearwards,…

Psalm 7

A Psalm pertaining to Dauid, which he sang to the Lord because of the words of Chousi son of Iemeni. O Lord my God, in you I hoped;save me from all pursuing me, and rescue me, lest he like a lion seize my soul,there being no one redeeming me or saving me. O Lord my…

Psalm 6

At the end. Among hymns. Over the eighth. A Psalm. Pertaining to Dauid. O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger,nor discipline me in your wrath. Have mercy on me, O Lord, because I am weak;heal me, O Lord, because my bones were troubled, and my soul was troubled greatly.And you, O Lord —…

Psalm 4

At the end. Among Psalms. An Ode concerning Dauid. When I would call, the God of my righteousness heard me. In affliction you enlarged me. Have compassion on me and hear my prayer. You sons of humanity, how long will you be heavy-hearted? Why do you agape-love futility and seek falsehood? Musical Interlude  And know…

Psalm 3

A Psalm. To Dauid, when he was running away before the face of Abessalom his son. O Lord, why did those afflicting me multiply? Many arise against me. Many say to my soul, There is no deliverance for him in his God. Musical Interlude But you, O Lord, are my protector, my glory, and the…

Five Canonic Lamentations

What can one say in the midst of the madness and mayhem into which our country seems to be descending? The musical response that captured my imagination was the Book of Lamentations — poetic laments about the fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonians in 586 BCE. Somehow that seemed apt. The Book of Lamentations is…