Happy Taco Tuesday!! Tacos make the world go ’round as the old saying goes. I think the Beatles sang it best, “All you need is Tacos” /bap ba dadada/. Anyway.
Today’s recommendation has nothing to do with Tacos and everything to do with my favorite Psalm (at the moment). Sandra McCraken has this awesome album called Psalms, where she has arranged some Psalms into more modern songs. She modified some words some, but it was clearly done with the utmost care.
The track is Send out Your Light. It’s on Spotify, give it a listen. Not only does Ms. McCracken have a beautiful, down-to-earth voice, but the arrangement is great. It has its ups and down (as the Psalm does) and I think the melodies and instrumentation really capture well the effect of the song. Lamenting, but hopeful. The electric guitar honestly takes me slightly by surprise every time I listen to it. It’s tastefully done, not glaring, but a great little solo. As I’m sure we all know now, I have a soft spot for traditional harmonies. She does them really well. Hit this stuff up. It’s worth the 4 minutes and 53 seconds. Well worth it.
Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause
against an ungodly people,
from the deceitful and unjust man
For you are the God in whom I take refuge;
why have you rejected me?
Why do I go about mourning
because of the oppression of the enemy?
Send out your light and your truth;
let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy hill
and to your dwelling!
Then I will go to the altar of God,
to God my exceeding joy,
and I will praise you with the lyre,
O God, my God.
Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation and my God