“Praise ye the Lord, I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation. The works of the Lord are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein. His work is honourable and glorious…”
Psalm 111, recorded by the David/Asaph Project. Released in 2001 on the Psalmody album. Duration 3:15.
Produced by John Piper
Musical composition by David Albracht
Recorded at 2nd Floor Studios, Dallas, Texas.
Engineered by John Piper
Mixed at Piper Projects by John Piper
Mastered by Ed Johnson
Recorded and Mixed on the Paris 24 bit DAW
Acoustic Bass – Lou Harlas
Mandolin – Milo Deering
Percussion – Jamal Mohamed
Rhythm & Lead Guitars – John Piper
Vocals – David Albracht
Image above: Tissot, James Jacques Joseph. Solomon Dedicates the Temple at Jerusalem. c. 1896-1902. Gouache on board. 10 5/16 x 7 1/2 in. (26.2 x 19.2 cm). The Jewish Museum, New York
Psalm 111, the third track on the Psalmody album, was recorded by the David/Asaph Project at 2nd Floor Studios in Dallas, Texas, in the year 2000. This song features the text of the KJV translation set to new music. Song duration is 3:15.
Described as one of the “standouts… with its irresistible Latin American sound,” this song has been listed as the favorite of the Psalmody album by many listeners. In 2001, a SATB choir version was arranged and performed at a psalm festival at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas.
In the Bible, Psalm 111 is described as a “Hallelujah Psalm” because of the use of the Hebrew word הַ֥לְלוּ (halal) at the beginning of the psalm (translated in English as “praise”). Psalm 111 is also an alphabetic acrostic in which the first letter of each line spells out the Hebrew alphabet.
C.H. Spurgeon's Comments on the text of Psalm 111
There is no title to this psalm, but it is an alphabetical hymn of praise, having for its subject the works of the Lord in creation, providence, and grace. The sweet singer dwells upon the one idea that God should be known by his people, and that this knowledge when turned into practical piety is man’s true wisdom, and the certain cause of lasting adoration. Many are ignorant of what their Creator has done, and hence they are foolish in heart, and silent as to the praises of God: this evil can only be removed by a remembrance of God’s works, and a diligent study of them; to this, therefore, the psalm is meant to arouse us. It may be called The Psalm of God’s Works intended to excite us to the work of praise.