Psalm 85

“Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven. Yea, the Lord shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase.”

Psalm 85 recorded by the David/Asaph Project. Originally released in 2014 on the Pastoral Psalms album, was revised & remastered in 2016. Duration is 5:06.



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

Bass – Lou Harlas
Guitar – John Piper
Mandolin – Milo Deering
Percussion – John Bryant
Vocals – David Albracht

Image above: Tacuinum Sanitatis. Two farmers during harvest of asparagus. 14th – 15th century. Österreichische Nationalbibliothek

Psalm 85, the thirteenth 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 5:06.

Latin in style, Psalm 85 was composed by David Albracht in the late 1980’s. John Piper did a remarkable job of arranging and playing the guitar part for this recording. The key of B major from the original composition was kept for the recording, but hitting the high notes on the vocals was challenging due to the passage of time and the changing of David’s voice.

C.H. Spurgeon's Comments regarding the text of Psalm 85, verse 11


Verse 11. Truth shall spring out of the earth. Promises which lie unfulfilled, like buried seeds, shall spring up and yield harvests of joy; and men renewed by grace shall learn to be true to one another and their God, and abhor the falsehood which they loved before. And righteousness shall look down from heaven, as if it threw up the windows and leaned out to gaze upon a penitent people, whom it could not have looked upon before without an indignation which would have been fatal to them. This is a delicious scene. Earth yielding flowers of truth, and heaven shining with stars of holiness; the spheres echoing to each other, or being mirrors of each other’s beauties. “Earth carpeted with truth and canopied with righteousness, “shall be a nether heaven. When God looks down in grace, man sends his heart upward in obedience. The person of our adorable Lord Jesus Christ explains this verse most sweetly. In Him truth is found in our humanity, and his deity brings divine righteousness among us. His Spirit’s work even now creates a hallowed harmony between his church below, and the sovereign righteousness above; and in the latter day, earth shall be universally adorned with every precious virtue, and heaven shall hold intimate intercourse with it. There is a world of meaning in these verses, only needing meditation to draw it out. Reader, “the well is deep, “but if thou hast the Spirit, it cannot be said, that “thou hast nothing to draw with.”

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