Let’s Sing the Songs Jesus Sang

Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra | November 28, 2016

Contemporary music choruses rely heavily on phrases from the Psalms: “Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise” from Psalm 96:4, “Bless the LORD, oh my soul” from Psalm 103, and the “Cornerstone” from Psalm 118:22 are all among the top 20 worship songs this month.

But recently, a spate of albums have been going one step further, and recording entire psalms.

In April 2015, singer-songwriter Sandra McCracken released an album simply titled Psalms. Back in 2001, the Texas-based group Shane & Shane dropped Psalms; its sequel, Psalms, Vol. 2, came out in 2015. The Robbie Seay Band has two LPs on the Psalms, released in 2013 and 2015. And Sons of Korah, an Australian worship group that began releasing albums in 2000, sing only psalms.

The songs on these albums attempt to capture the sense, and in some cases the words, of the entire chapter.

“It’s becoming somewhat of a trend,” said Shane Heilman, who started The Psalms Project. Heilman is also a high school principal and the president of Way Deeper Ministries, which equips people to follow the spiritual disciplines such as meditation, prayer, and fasting.

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