It’s been a long, rewarding two-year journey, and I’m excited to say that Volume 3: Psalms 21-30 may be the best collection of songs from The Psalms Project yet! Some songs went through several drafts for months until they clicked; others were written in a matter of hours. I even received many guest submissions from people eager to contribute from all over the world, and gained some valuable ideas in the process (thank you to all of you). Over the course of this process, the LORD has taught me so much about patience and about His timing. As Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait for the LORD. Be strong, take heart, and wait for the LORD.” Through waiting on Him, I feel I’ve allowed these songs to fully mature and ripen. He truly is all in all (1 Corinthians 15:28). It’s those who wait on the LORD who will be empowered, not those who strive against the LORD’s timing (Isaiah 40:31).
Obviously, many people are excited about hearing Psalm 23, and it is undoubtedly one of the most moving works of literature ever written. It contains perhaps the most glorious truths in all the Psalms. But there is so much more in these 10 Psalms, and once again, this journey has confirmed to me how much spiritual treasure is in the Psalms that we often pass over: the heavenly, undefeatable blessing that empowers the King in Psalm 21 (“We will sing and praise Your power”), the fierce battle for hope amid harrowing tragedy in Psalm 22 (“My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?”), the rousing call-and-response worship in Psalm 24 (“Who is this King of Glory?”), the desperate plea for righteousness in Psalm 25 (“To You, O LORD, I lift my soul”), the shockingly bold cry for vindication in Psalm 26 (“Judge me, O LORD”), the exhilarating, logic-defying faith of Psalm 27 (“Though an army rise against me, I will not fear”), the worship in response to answered plea in Psalm 28 (“Blessed be the LORD, for He has heard the voice of my plea for mercy”), the awesome description of God’s voice in Psalm 29 (“The voice of the LORD shatters the cedars”), and moving story of restoration in Psalm 30 (“You have turned my mourning into dancing”) have each added something profound to my faith, and will, I trust, add to yours.
We hope to begin recording Volume 3 in the coming months, and if the LORD wills, it should be completed by this fall. Look for more big announcements from The Psalms Project soon!
Love to all,
January 2, 2016