Words from the Book of Psalms, the foremost treasure of Jewish psalms since ages ago, even at the time of Jesus. The psalms were recited and sung in the homes, in the synagogues and, not least, in the Temple of Jerusalem at the great festivals.
The Christian church appropriated the Book of Psalms; its significance is precious. Seldom has the agony and assurance of the soul been expressed more truly and profoundly. The features of the Saviour emerging ever clearer. And the praises to the Lord of Creation have never been sung more genuinely!
Many authors have mined the Book of Psalms for gems and paraphrased them. Still more composers have drawn inspiration from it. One of the best known works is the Italian romanticist Enrico Bossi’s magnificent “Cantate Domino”. The piece is actually titled “Westminster Abbey” in tribute to the grand English cathedral, albeit we know it from its first performance in 1920 for its opening words in Latin. “Sing and make music to the glory of God!” Organ, brass and woodwind, and choir, whose voices, in ever widening harmonies, grow into a jubilant crescendo, culminating in the eight part Gloria (Glory)! “Let every thing that has breath praise the Lord!”