Category Archives: FAWM 2017

Philippians 4:7 May the Peace of God

As I was working on Psalm 4, one of the commentaries I read mentioned the connection between Psalm 4’s deep peace amid distress and Philippians 4:7 “May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, keep your hearts and minds … Continue reading

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Psalm 4: I Rest in You

Update 10/6/20: Sheet music for this song can be downloaded here. Continuing on my Adopt-a-Psalm journey, we come to Psalm 4. At its core, Psalm 4 is the lament of someone whose honor has been impugned. You can hear the … Continue reading

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My One and Only Valentine

What would Valentine’s Day be without songs of loneliness, delusion, and self-love? Won’t you be my Valentine? I’m so lonely all the time. You’re not perfect, but neither am I. Won’t you be my Valentine? You’re a man, but I … Continue reading

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Liar, Liar

My first draft of Psalm 12 was, ummm, not quite as subtle as the finished product. I saw that the Psalm was an attack on liars; I took the most direct musical route…

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Psalm 12: I Will Now Arise

Update 10/6/20: Sheet music for this song can be downloaded here. Continuing my Adopt-a-Psalm commission month, I turned my attention to Psalm 12. It’s another difficult Psalm, with abrasive sentiments like, “May the Lord cut off all flattering lips.” Underneath its … Continue reading

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Psalm 24: Lift Up Your Heads, O You Gates!

Update 10/2/20: Sheet music for this song can be downloaded here. This is the second of my February Adopt-a-Psalm commissions, written to commemorate a pastor’s retirement. I had been given a number of possible Psalms and decided Psalm 24 could … Continue reading

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Neither Death nor Demon

As I study the Psalms I’m setting to music during my Adopt-a-Psalm month, I often find echoes of the Psalms in the New Testament. This shouldn’t come as a surprise; after all, Jesus quoted the Psalms more than any other … Continue reading

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Psalm 3: I Shall Rest in Peace

Update 10/6/20: Sheet music for this song can be downloaded here. This song is the first of my February Adopt-a-Psalm settings. It is based on Psalm 3, which is traditionally associated with King David as he fled from his son … Continue reading

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