Category: Psalms / Tehillim

Adonai Malach (Ps 93)

On Shabbat, we mark the completion of Creation, and the establishment of God, not humanity, as the Ruler of Creation. Psalm 93 – beginning with the words Adonai malach – is one of many affirmations of this in traditional Shabbat

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Trust In You (Ps 131)

Composition and audio © Alexander Massey 5 March 2013 I am grateful to my storyteller friend Adele Moss for drawing my attention to Psalm 131, and encouraging me to spend time with it. Why was it written? What is it

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Holy Mountain (Ps 87)

Composition, lyrics and audio © Alexander Massey, 14 June 2012 At first glance, Psalm 87 appears to be quite disjointed, with no clear emotional or theological point to make. While a line from it was used by John Newton in 1779

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Ashrei Ha’am (Ps 89:16-19)

Psalm 89:16-19 Composition and audio © Alexander Massey, 24 May 2012 Listen / watch on YouTube (including spoken introduction) – SOAS Interfaith Music Festival Buy Ashrei Ha’am – choral sheet music (4 equal vces + pno) – £6.25 (£1.25 per copy,

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Come Down, God (Ps 86:1-7)

Psalm 86:1-7 Composition, lyrics and audio © Alexander Massey, 8 May 2012 Listen/watch song on YouTube Listen/watch nigun on youTube Although the lyrics for this are based very closely on the first half of Psalm 86, this song was originally

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Mah Gadlu (Ps 92)

Psalm 92:6 Composition and audio © Alexander Massey 25 March 2012 “How great are your works, God! Your thoughts are very deep.”  The morning service includes Psalm 92 Tov l’hodot (‘It is a good thing to give thanks to God’).

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Simcha Song (Ps 81)

Midrash on Psalm 81 (1-4, 8, 11) Composition, lyrics and audio © Alexander Massey, 12 Sep 2011 I love those old songs that have two melodies that overlap each other; one melody is like a fast patter song, and the

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