“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell in unity!”
Psalm 133, recorded by the David/Asaph Project. Released in 2001 on the Psalmody album. Duration is 2:32.
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
Cello – Pearce Meisenbach
Guitar – John Piper
Harmony Vocals – Jan Johnston
Mandolin – Milo Deering
Percussion – Jamal Mohamed
Vocals – David Albracht
Cornelius, Peter Von. The Recognition of Joseph by his Brothers. ca 1816-1817. Fresco with tempera. Alte Nationalgalerie.
Psalm 133, the twelfth and final track of 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 2:32.
Affectionately referred to as the “Aaron’s beard” song, Psalm 133 has been the favorite of many listeners. It closes the Psalmody album by reminding of the blessings of unity among brethren and families. The simplicity of the song, coupled with varied acoustic instruments and the sweet harmony vocals of Jan Johnston, serve as a capstone to the debut album of the David/Asaph Project. The song also provided a foreshadowing of the acoustic instrumentation format used exclusively for the next album, Pastoral Psalms, which was released in 2014.
C.H. Spurgeon's Comments on the text of Psalm 133
A Song of Degrees of David. We see no reason for depriving David of the authorship of this sparkling sonnet. He knew by experience the bitterness occasioned by divisions in families, and was well prepared to celebrate in choicest Psalmody the blessing of unity for which he sighed. Among the “songs of degrees”, this hymn has certainly attained unto a good degree, and even in common literature it is frequently quoted for its perfume and dew. In this Psalm there is no wry word, all is “sweetness and light”…