Psalm Obsession

I’m not sure when it started, but I’ve been obsessed with singing and collecting sung versions (contemporary, traditional, classical, ancient) of the Psalms. Finding Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship (Hymnary has a great online synopsis) catapulted me into a mind-blowing world of psalmody new and ancient. My personal collection of Psalm settings now includes over 450 songs, and grows daily.

Today I discovered Kurt Kohlhase’s fine collection of Psalm settings:

He graciously includes chord and lyric sheets for all of his compositions – as well as meditations for all of the Psalms he plays and sings.

The Genevan Psalter offers a vastly different perspective, and I’ve found a simple vocal line and lyric sheet set for these settings as well.

There are so many more collections, writers, Psalm Projects (here’s another one – with music sheets), as well as a treasure trove of traditional and classical settings, I now know my own personal project will last the rest of my lifetime.

Along the way, I discovered many people who have been captured by this obsession with praise. I hope to share them later. For now, I leave you with Scott Brenner’s second setting of Psalm 22, a resurrection Psalm on Jesus’ mind as he died for us on the cross: