About the Book
Book: Psalm Hymns, Volume Five, Psalms 107-150
Author: L.L. Larkins
Release Date: July 10, 2019
You’ve landed on the final book of Biblical Psalms in the Psalm Hymns series, Volume Five, Psalms 107-150 contains singable, recitable psalms in full form, adapted from the Biblical Psalms.
In this last volume of the Psalm Hymns series, you are offered a method for singing book V of the Biblical Psalms. Maybe your favorite psalm is included.
There are some sticky psalms, like Psalm 119- King David’s love poem to God’s law. You can ask yourself while singing it, why the law is important to a King. Psalm 137 is full of bile and bitterness, written by the remnant captives after the desolation of Jerusalem. But there are also the most lyrical and beautiful of praises for the eternal rule of God found in the Psalms of Ascent and in Psalm 107 and Psalm 136.
Psalm 139 is the lyrical ode and articulate description of God knitting our bodies together in secret, and how He watches over and cares for us no matter where we go.
The Celebration Psalms finish out the entire book of Psalms and Psalm Hymns series as a grand finale.
Click HERE for your copy!
About the Author
More from L. L. Larkins
Music speaks to the soul. Usually it is easier to memorize the lyrics of a song than it is to try to recite a poem or other work of literature. The rhythm and notes connect with our ears and our emotions in a unique way, engaging us on a deep level. I think that this is part of why the psalms are among the most popular books of the Bible; the raw emotion and lyrical language are universal. Often I will make up my own words to hymns and praise songs, making them into an even more personal type of prayer.
Approaching the Psalm Hymns series, though, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I actually read Volumes 1 & 2 first and appreciated L.L. Larkins’ introductory note, which does not seem to be included in the later volumes, at least not in the eBook copy that I received. Progressing chronologically, “Psalm Hymns Volume Five, Psalms 107-150” contains a paraphrased rendition of Scripture written to coordinate with a Christian hymn. Each psalm lists the authorship and background as you would find it in the Bible, followed by the author of the tune to which it is set or the tune’s original name and date. Larkins kindly spaces the text to allow for musical notation should the reader be so inclined, and her variations on the wording of the psalms seems to align well with Scripture, based on the ones that I looked up at random. My favorites from this volume are Psalm 116, a hymn of exaltation set to “Joy to the World”; psalm 130, a psalm of ascents to be sung to “My Faith Looks Up to Thee”; and psalm 149, a song of joy and praise employing Beethoven’s “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee.”
There are quite a few hymns that I was not familiar with, which did make it difficult for me to fully appreciate and make the connection with some of the psalms. I am not sure if this is because I belong to the younger generation and much of the focus has been on contemporary worship songs, or if the hymns themselves are obscure. As the author notes, however, you can apply more than one song to these hymns. In some cases, the lyrics did seem to stretch the tune’s rhythm and timing too much, becoming a bit cumbersome and unwieldy. Overall, however, I very much enjoyed this collection and think that it is a unique but natural way to incorporate both the psalms and traditional hymns into our personal and communal worship experience.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through Celebrate Lit and was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.
Through the Lens of Scripture, January 29
My Devotional Thoughts, January 30
Just the Write Escape, January 31
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 1
Texas Book-aholic, February 2
For the Love of Literature, February 3
Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, February 4
janicesbookreviews, February 5
Inklings and notions, February 6
Artistic Nobody, February 7 (Author Interview)
Mary Hake, February 7
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 8
For Him and My Family, February 9
Mamma Loves Books, February 10
Simple Harvest Reads, February 11