Psalms based Original Music
Purpose & Background
Psalmistry Music provides original Christian music lyrics and melodies based on the Psalms. Psalmistry Music's goal is to summarize each and every Psalm in lyric and song for teaching and worship.
The Psalms project began in 1995, with a goal of providing a unified teaching/worship resource based on the Psalms as reset in a contemporary Christian music format.
I have attempted to summarize the original wording and concept of a Psalm, rather than using a phrase or thought as a take-off for further exposition. Consistent with the purpose of teaching and worship, my goal has also been to create melodies which stick in the mind like oatmeal and thereby assist recollection of the associated Word.
The Psalms vary in focus, mood and purpose. The music reflects that breadth of expression. Some Psalms are congregational; some are for individual/small group use. Some are joyful; some are contemplative or sad. Some may be best suited for private devotions at home. A variety of musical flavors, including judaic, formal, upbeat, ballad, reflect the diversity of the Psalms.
Recommendations as to the Psalms: Hard to say which are favorites, and that may differ with the individual. However, one might start with the following examples: Psalms 23, 91, and 139. See also Psalms 8, 31, 52, 54, 57, 61, 63, 67, 71, 76, 86, 87, 90, 94, 95, 115, 131, 138, and the Psalm 119 series.
My primary Biblical resource has been the NIV. I have also used the King James, RSV, Young's Literal Translation, and the Darby translations for additional expression/clarification purposes. I am indebted to Ian Vink for his shareware Biblical resource, Biblepro.
Steve Pearson, Songwriter
All Psalms, Psalmistry Music
Copyright Stephen J. Pearson