Psalm 5, vs. 9-12
“But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.”
Psalm 5, vs. 9-12, recorded by the David/Asaph Project. Originally released in 2014 on the Pastoral Psalms album, was revised & remastered in 2016. Duration is 4:40.
Produced by John Piper
Musical composition by David Albracht
Recorded in the Dallas, Texas area
Engineered & Mixed by John Piper
Mastered by Pete Maher
Bass – Lou Harlas
Guitar – John Piper
Dobro, Mandolin – Milo Deering
Percussion – Mike Drake
Piano – Ken Boome
Vocals – David Albracht
Image above: Tissot, James J. The Songs of Joy. Between 1896 and 1902. Gouache on board. Jewish Museum, New York.
Psalm 5, vs. 9-12, the twelfth track of the Pastoral Psalms album, was recorded by the David/Asaph Project during the years 2007-2013. This song features the text of the KJV translation set to new music with all acoustic instrumentation. Song duration is 4:40. This song is the third of three movements for the entire 5th Psalm, spanning the concluding verses 9-12.
The song opens with dark chords on the piano and acoustic bass. Wood block percussion enters, and then recurs throughout the song sounding like a clock ticking and tocking a countdown towards final judgment. The vocal opens with verse 9 as a stinging indictment, “For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.” Dobro answers, complementing the ominous tones. The tension is punctuated and then released at verse 10 with the imprecatory “Destroy thou them, O God…” The woodblock clock continues ticking and tocking.
The song then later turns to the subject of joy, blessing, and the favor of God towards His people, although the dark tones continue in the background throughout the song. The last word of the psalm speaks of the shield of God compassing the righteous. Piano, acoustic bass, dobro, and percussion then proceed into an extended outro, conversing with each other in a heavy jazz blues mix.
C.H. Spurgeon's Comments on the text of verse 11
Verse 11. Joy is the privilege of the believer. When sinners are destroyed our rejoicing shall be full. They laugh first and weep ever after; we weep now, but shall rejoice eternally. When they howl we shall shout, and as they must groan for ever, so shall we ever shout for joy. This holy bliss of ours has a firm foundation, for, O Lord, we are joyful in thee. The eternal God is the well-spring of our bliss. We love God, and therefore we delight in him. Our heart is at ease in our God. We fare sumptuously every day because we feed on him. We have music in the house, music in the heart, and music in heaven, for the Lord Jehovah is our strength and our song; he also is become our salvation.