Song 098 – The Eighth Psalm

By April 3, 2018Songs

This song was used as the music for Psalm 8 and for Psalm 144. In 1985 I started taking Will and Ariel Durant’s “The Story of Civilization” to work and reading for about an hour each lunch hour. It became a wonderful time of contemplation. They have a little book that goes with this 11-volume set, “The Lessons of History,” which included summaries of some of the things that impressed them most as they finished their life’s work. One of these things were the words of the eighth Psalm. As a guitar player and member of The Keynotes and The MydKnight Hour all through High School, I had always liked how The Byrds had included words from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 in their song Turn! Turn! Turn! So, I took the words of David’s Eighth Psalm and put them to music. I really liked the results, and would sing it at ward, youth, and scout campouts. It was 9,622 days later I put the 32nd Psalm to music on the 23rd of February 2012. Then 61 days after this, I put Psalm 105 to music on the 24th of April 2012. This was the first time I used music from one of my songs, the music from Song 076 – Job. About this time, we fed the missionaries, Elder Fischer and Elder Reese 3 times at 1307 Emerald Green Lane in Houston, Texas. When we feed the missionaries, I typically sing Song 007 – Froggie Learns the Gospel. I think both Elders were musicians, but certainly Elder Reese was. Anyway, on their last visit they asked if I had written any new songs, and I sang one of the Psalms I had recently  put to music. Elder Reese quipped, “Are you going to put all of the Psalms to music?” His comment changed my life. It was only 141 days after this I put the last of the psalms to music, Psalm 42 to the music of Song 041 – A Love Song for Andrea. This means that in 202 days I put 171 Psalms to the music of my songs. About the time I finished, I had the assignment for name verification as a Houston Temple worker, when Elder Reese walked down the hall alone, and I was able to tell him I had completed “his assignment” and what a special experience it had been for me. This was an absolutely wonderful spiritual journey. The recording and the sharing of these songs and psalms is a continuation of this very personal journey.

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