Hello Friends,

The clip above (press play!) is from Psalm 126 by The Sons of Korah, a group of musicians who although they have been around for awhile, I am just now learning about! However I’m thankful to be later to knowing than not at all, because I have been listening to it in the car, on walks, cooking in the kitchen and the result has been such a rich stirring toward praise and prayerfulness. Guys, what they have done is so powerful, I really wanted to share it with you all.

Here’s a description I copied from their website:

Sons of Korah is an Australian based band devoted to giving a fresh voice to the biblical psalms. The Psalms have been the primary source for the worship traditions of both Judaism and Christianity going right back to ancient times. With their unique acoustic, multi-ethnic sound Sons of Korah have given this biblical songbook a dynamic and emotive new musical expression. They endeavour to lead their listeners into an impacting encounter with this book that is often described as the ‘heart’ of the bible. From lamentation to songs of jubilant praise, from battle cry to benediction, from exclamation of awe and wonder to reflections of tranquillity and perfect wisdom, Sons of Korah provide a compelling portrait of the world and experience of the psalms.

Sons of Korah believe that the psalms contain a particularly pertinent message for today. They are the supreme biblical portrayal of the spiritual life in all its facets and dynamics. They speak powerfully to a postmodern world that is generally more interested in what the biblical faith looks like from the inside than its abstract doctrinal expression. And for the church today the psalms present a deep and rich spiritual well for prayer and worship. The psalms were originally written as songs and they were intended to be expressed musically. The best way to meditate on God’s word is to use music and indeed this was one of dominant original purposes of the psalms. Sons of Korah invite their listeners to discover, through their music, the way in which the psalms can impact our lives today.

If you read this site because you wear The Martyrs’ Cross or not for that reason at all, we are thankful for you. We are thankful for this community of people that we have the opportunity to share resources with that we believe will be an encouragement, because they have been to us. As we walk this road together, we want to build you up in your faith. We are not paid by anyone to share the resources that we do here.

These particular kind of posts will be entitled “community”. A life of faithfulness often feels lonely. But the truth is: we are not alone. We are surrounded by a “great cloud of witnesses” (according to the writer of Hebrews) that has gone on before us. There really are faithful believers all over the world, loving God and loving one another with whole heartedness.

We would love to hear from you in the comments this week. Did you know about The Sons of Korah? Perhaps something has encouraged you that you would like to share? 

Thanks for being a part of our community. This week we are praying for us and you, our readers, that our longing meets our leading, that our prayers meet our pilgrimage, and that our God is honored by our hours.

For and from our family to you,