Sunday Singables: "Psalm 23"

"Psalm 23" by Joshua Huff, released on Enriched Affections (2010)

Psalm 23 has always been one of my favorites. As I began putting this Psalm to music I wanted to write a soothing melody that brought scenes of the comfort of a shepherd to mind. I was in my major seven chord faze at the time, and it ended up fitting the words really well. The second verse came about through more study and wanting to point us to Christ as our ultimate Shepherd.

Why I recommend this song for worship-

Colossians 3:16 tells us to "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs..." One of the things I love to do when I write music it to base the text on the text of scripture, particularly the Psalms. As we worship together, or individually, it is good to let scripture guide us in that worship. The Psalms have historically been the church's music book, and it is very appropriate to sing them back to the Lord. I believe this song accomplishes that goal of singing scripture to the Lord while being backed up with a soothing melody and a Christ-centered ending.

Changes I've Made-

I haven't really changed anything about this song. Depending on your setting you may want to spend more or less time in the interlude sections. You could read the actual Psalm during an instrumental part or just let the congregation meditate on the words. It really is up to you. I hope you find this song usable and an aid to your personal and corporate worship.

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