Psalm 119: Gimel

A quick refresher: Psalm 119 is the longest Psalm, an acrostic poem with 22 sections, one for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet. This third movement is “Gimel.” As with the previous two movements, the music is all about transformation. Sometimes you turn a corner and suddenly a new vista opens before you; other times the transformation takes place slowly, like a sunrise.

All of this was recorded by me, “in the box.” That is, anything that isn’t my voice, guitar, bass, or the upright piano 8th notes is a sample from Logic Pro. I would have loved to record two classical violin soloists, a jazz/fusion pianist, a ton of percussion, and strings in the studio, but alas… “Done,” as they say, “is the new great.” Even with so many digitized parts, I hope you can hear a little spark of what I was hearing in my head.

×’ Gimel

Reward your servant
that I may live to treasure your Word.
Open my eyes
that I may gaze upon the wonders of your law.

I am a stranger on this earth.
Oh, do not conceal your commands from me!
I am consumed—
consumed with longing for your law.

You scorn the scornful—
those who disregard your way.
Remove the disgrace of the arrogant
for I have followed your path.

Though a council of the mighty speaks against me,
your servant will dwell upon your Word.
Your words are my delight.
Your law is my counsel.

This entry was posted in Art Music, Psalms. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *