Julie’s “Psalm 45″ with bells, strings, & vocal ensemble

Psalm 45 is the song from this past year that is literally bursting on the inside of me. Exploding! actually. It ‘came’ while I was in the middle of recording my last album, Awaken Me, and is part of the ‘healing’ & ‘calling forth’ the Lord is doing in this songwriting season. Psalm 45 is listed in the bible as a wedding song and paints the picture of (what some have interpreted as) the preparation of the bride of Christ … the preparation of everything, really … for his return. My understanding of this psalm is continually unfolding as I dig deeper into it and sing it again and again.

And I literally can’t make this song big enough. Each time I’ve presented it ‘live,’ the soundscape has grown considerably. For my upcoming March 9th concert, it’s going to be even bigger! I am bringing in a bell choir, string ensemble, and extra vocalists (in addition to a full band) to really enhance every part of this song.

Here is Psalm 45 (NIV):
My heart is stirred by a noble theme
As I recite my verses for the king;
My tongue is the pen of a skillful writer

You are the most excellent of men
And your lips have been anointed with grace
Since God has blessed you forever

Gird your sword upon your side, O mighty one
Clothe yourself with splendor and majesty
In your majesty ride forth victoriously
In behalf of truth, humility, and righteousness
Let your right hand display awesome deeds

Let your sharp arrows pierce the hearts of the king’s enemies
Let the nations fall beneath your feet

Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever
A scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom
You love righteousness and hate wickedness
Therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions
By anointing you with the oil of joy

All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and cassia
From palaces adorned with ivory
The music of the strings makes you glad

Daughters of kings are among your honored women
At your right hand is the royal bride in gold of Ophir
Listen, O daughter, consider and give ear
Forget your people and your father’s house
The king is enthralled by your beauty
Honor him, for he is your lord
The Daughter of Tyre will come with a gift
Men of wealth will seek your favor

All glorious is the princess within her chamber
Her gown is interwoven with gold
In embroidered garments she is led to the king
Her virgin companions follow her and are brought to you
They are led in with joy and gladness
They enter the palace of the king

Your sons will take the place of your fathers
You will make them princes throughout the land
I will perpetuate your memory through all generations
Therefore the nations will praise you
For ever and ever
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