Sandra McCracken on Life, Loss, and Longing in the Psalms

Ivan Mesa | May 21, 2015

Delight. Fear. Anger. Joy. Grief. Gladness. Loneliness. Love. Loss.

This is a small sampling of the range of emotions in life, ones that the Psalms fully describe. While the Psalms allow us to expressour emotions they seek to shape them into righteous ones. With the Psalms we can approach God with brutal honesty, seeking to be rooted in truth and ready to submit to him. 

Sandra McCracken’s newest album, Psalms, seeks to recast some of these ancient psalms and hymn texts for our day (iTunes | Amazon | Bandcamp). For those who attended TGC’s 2015 National Conference, you’ll recognize McCracken’s song “We Will Feast,” which served as our anthem. Other songs in the album showcase the hope and heartbreak we experience in this world. As McCracken writes

These are sacred, borrowed words, with new melodies to help draw the longing and joy up out of our hearts and onto our lips, as we watch and wait to see his story come in it’s fullness.

Much like the Psalms, she helps us enter into both the pain of living in a broken world and the joyful hope we have as children of a sovereign God. In this interview we learn how the Psalms give us words when we have none, how lament should be part of our worship, and much…

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