Sin is a self-inflicted prison. David prays for God’s mercy as he pours out his sin to the Lord in search of forgiveness. Here is part of Psalm 51 from the old Fort Wayne jail.
We shot this video at Caesarea Philippi because the word we translate as “rock” in English is better understood as a cleft in a cliff. This is Psalm 28.
I had the chance to go to Israel and record 4 different psalms at various locations. We recorded Psalm 126 at Wadi Qelt in the Judean Desert.
I had the chance to travel to Israel and share a number of psalms from different locations. We shot Psalm 65 on the ancient temple steps…
Jesus most likely spent his last night in this hole under the house of Caiphas, the high priest. Reading Psalm 88, it’s hard not to see it as a prophecy about Jesus’ experience. That night, as the psalm says, darkness was his only friend.
The Lord is merciful.
He is full of unfailing love.
The Lord hears our cries and hears our prayers.
He takes away our sins.
This is a prayer experience for Lent based on Psalm 6.
I wrote an arrangement of Psalm 142 for my one man musical, DAVID. The line, “When my spirit grows faint within me / It is you who knows my way” grabbed me. As we continue this season of Lent, I thought this was a good psalm to share. I recorded it in the desert room of the Botanical Gardens because David wrote it while hiding in a desert cave on the run from Saul.
I recorded this prayer experience in the chapel of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral. I know it’s a Catholic church and we have some theological differences, but it is a beautiful space and one that has engaging pictures and sculptures. For example, the sheaf of wheat carved into the alter table that points to Jesus being our “first fruits”.
So as the season of Lent is a time to confess our sins and become more aware of our own mortality, here is a prayer experience based on Psalm 130. For more on this prayer model, click here.
6 years ago, we lost my son. Since then, we’ve been on a journey through lament (expressing our pain to God), mercy, healing, joy and praise. I think this is the process God wants for all of us. As Psalm 126 says, “Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.”
Also, here is a copy of the “Psalm 142 Spoken Word”:
Psalm 142 Spoken Word
Lord, I am crying aloud to you.
Lord, I am lifting my voice
Because I have no choice,
but to cry for mercy.
I am pouring out my heart,
I am pouring out my trouble,
Amidst the rubble
of confusion and complaint.
Now when my spirit is faint inside of me.
It is you who watches my way
Even when evil tries to lay
A snare for my feet.
There is no friend beside me;
Lord, look and see,
no one is concerned for me.
I have no safety for my soul;
It feels like no one cares for my life.
Lord, I am crying out to you.
Lord, you guard my heart
And I know this is all apart
Of living in your loving life.
So listen to my heart’s cry,
for I am in desperate need;
rescue me from fears that feed
On my soul, for they are too strong.
Set me free from my prison of pain,
that I may praise your holy name.
that the righteous who came
to comfort me, will praise You…
Because of your goodness,
Because of your goodness,
Because of your goodness, Jesus,