Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs

In late December, Linda and I came across a concert that has been profoundly soul-strengthening for us. Especially when we are all locked down in this “winter of our discontent” (to borrow a phrase from Steinbeck).

The concert, recorded at the 2020 Linger Conference, was an extended time of musical worship led by Shane and Shane. Both men are on staff as worship leaders at their church in Dallas, Texas. They’ve been singing together and leading musical worship for two decades.

In this concert of musical worship, they sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Actually, they mostly sing psalms. Psalms of praise (Psalm 34, 45), adoration (Psalm 8), trust (Psalm 23), joy (Psalm 16, 63) and even lament (Psalm 13).

Their opening song, taken from Psalm 90, has become one of our favourites. The opening line offers up a request based on verse 14: “When the sun comes up, satisfy us. Before the day has passed us by. Before our hearts forget all your goodness, satisfy us with Your love.”

We were drawn in–from the downbeat all the way to the finale. The lyrics are Scriptural. The tunes are lyrical and memorable. Their voices soar.

We’ve listened and sung along multiple times in the past several weeks. Again and again, our hearts have been drawn to find our satisfaction in who the Lord is and what the Lord does.

If you could stand to have your heart softened and strengthened in God’s presence, we’d invite you to listen to the concert. (You’ll have to put up with some annoying YouTube advertisements that interrupt the music. But it’s a small price to pay for a rich hour of soul-stirring songs).

Also, if you have Spotify or Apple Music, you can listen to many of these song on their Psalms, Vol. 2 album.

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