Have you ever longed to sing the Psalms, to join with the Psalmist in expressing the awe, majesty, grace and forgiveness of God?
God’s Word encourages us to sing Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs in Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16, where the references seem to be taken from the headings given to the 150 Psalms in the Greek Septuagint translation of the Old Testa- ment widely used in Paul's time. But how many of us know how to sing the Hymnbook of the Bible, the Psalms?
The 16th century Reformer John Calvin once wrote of the Psalms: "This book I am wont to style an anatomy of all parts of the soul; for no one will discover in himself a single feeling whereof the image is not reflected in this mirror. Nay, all griefs, sorrows, fears, doubts, hopes, cares, anxieties – in short, all those tumultuous agitations wherewith the minds of men are wont to be tossed – the Holy Ghost hath here represented to the life."
The Psalms recording project is a collaboration of many people to produce the most memorable way to learn the Psalms.
The Scottish Psalter of 1650 has been used as the text and the tunes are primarily found in The Psalms in Meter 1979 split-leaf Psalter.
With the recommendation of people from various denominations across the world in the body of Christ, we believe this to be a much awaited work to re-introduce the Psalms to the heart of every believer to the glory of God.
The completed project includes every verse of all of the 150 Psalms sung by an unaccompanied professional solo tenor, Neil Mason. All material produced by Project Psalms is available for free download, use, copying, and propogation, by everyone. The only restrictions are those stipulated under the Creative Commons License selected by Project Psalms, which only requires attribution of the works to Project Psalms, non-commercial use of the works, and non-derivative use of the original works. For more information on the Creative Commons License selected, please click here.
"Christians should sing the Psalms breathed out by the Holy Spirit of God. The 1650 Psalter was the work of a large number of godly men of the Westminster Assembly and also men from the Church of Scotland at a high point in its history. They worked directly from the inspired Hebrew text into the English language. These record- ings of the singing of these metrical Psalms give us far more than mere entertainment. By linking a particular tune to each Psalm, they are of great help to those not skilled in music and to the most reticent of singers. We are indebted to the producers for their labours. Our desire is that this Psalm set will prove a means of encourag- ing multitudes of Christians to 'sing psalms."
"My wife, Susan, and I have long thought something like this should be done. It could be a great benefit to small groups, lacking a skilled precenter, trying to learn and sing the metrical Psalms. We also have a great love for the Scottish Psalter and John Brown of Haddington's notes on such."
After sharing this Psalms recording project with the late Rev. Professor-Emeritus Dr. Francis Nigel Lee, Queensland [Presbyterian] Theological College [Seminary], Australia, he gave endorsement to this project, stating, "Psalms are a much needed tool for the revival of the modern Church. I support all attempts to achieve this."