The Tradition of Praying the Psalms

For centuries the psalms have been a used to help souls request help from God.  They’ve been used to thank Him, praise Him, and to seek forgiveness.  Jesus Himself used one of the psalms when He called to his heavenly Father from the cross. (Matt 27:46).  The Church uses them everyday during the liturgy of the Mass and for the bulk of the Liturgy of the Hours (Divine Office).

Meditating on the psalms can give us strength and fortitude when we are faced with the obstacles that meet us in our walk through this hostile world.    We can find in them the sense of our divine filiation and the joy of proclaiming everywhere Christ’s help and Sovereignty.

When David wrote the psalms, he acknowledge their power in another way when he writes in Psalm 49:3-5,

My mouth shall speak wisdom;
    the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.
I will incline my ear to a proverb;
    I will solve my riddle to the music of the harp.

Why should I fear in times of trouble,
when the iniquity of my persecutors surrounds me?

King David solving a riddle on his harp and music

I am currently undertaking the setting of several of David’s psalms to contemporary music and am looking for sponsors to help me in getting them recorded.  I would like to hire an orchestra again, like I did for my “Way of the Cross” CD.  You could even suggest which psalm you would like me to record and set a dedication for it.

There are several levels of sponsorship, each offering a different set of “thank you” gifts.  Please read more about this opportunity and THANK YOU for your support.


Keep praying, keep singing,