Psalm 84, vs. 5-8

“Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools. They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.”

Psalm 84, vs. 5-8, recorded by the David/Asaph Project. Originally released in 2014 on the Pastoral Psalms album, was revised & remastered in 2016. Duration is 1:17.

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Produced by John Piper

Musical composition by David Albracht

Recorded in the Dallas area and Louisiana
Engineered & Mixed by John Piper
Mastered by Pete Maher

Musicians:
Bass – Lou Harlas
Cello – Pearce Meisenbach
Dobro, Violin – Milo Deering
Guitar & Vocals – David Albracht
Percussion – John Bryant
Piano – Ken Boome

Image above: Rain fills the pools

Description

Psalm 84, vs. 5-8, the second 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 1:17. This song is the second of three movements for the entire 84th Psalm, spanning the middle verses 5-8.

Described as Klezmer in style, this song features a variety of acoustic instruments, and is the shortest track on the album.

C.H. Spurgeon's Comments on the text of verse 6

 

Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well. Traversing joyfully the road to the great assembly, the happy pilgrims found refreshment even in the dreariest part of the road. As around a well men meet and converse cheerfully, being refreshed after their journey, so even in the vale of tears, or any other dreary glen, the pilgrims to the skies find sweet solace in brotherly communion and in anticipation of the general assembly above, with its joys unspeakable. Probably there is here a local allusion, which will never now be deciphered, but the general meaning is clear enough. There are joys of pilgrimage which make men forget the discomforts of the road. “The rain also filleth the pools.” God gives to his people the supplies they need while traversing the roads which he points out for them. Where there were no natural supplies from below, the pilgrims found an abundant compensation in waters from above, and so also shall all the sacramental host of God’s elect. Ways, which otherwise would have been deserted from want of accommodation, were made into highways abundantly furnished for the travelers’ wants, because the great annual pilgrimages led in that direction; even so, Christian converse and the joy of united worship makes many duties easy and delightful which else had been difficult and painful.

The Treasury of David