I keep this relatively easy anthem on hand throughout the year. There is, perhaps, no better-known Psalm than the twenty-third. It has been memorized for centuries and treasured in the hearts of those who have heard it. It is used throughout the church year, across the country, and around the world for many occasions.
It is worth pointing out the placement of this Psalm. The text of Psalm 23 stands in stark contrast to the words found in Psalm 22, a psalm in which the psalmist asks, “My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?”
In setting this text to music, I had hoped to capture its beauty as well as the darkness found in Psalm 22 and 23 when the psalmist speaks of the Valley of the Shadow of Death.
I felt that the phrase, And he restores my soul, was the most beautiful phrase of the entire psalm which is why I used that sentiment as the title of the piece.
I am most pleased to composed this piece in honor of Bob Olson – a faith-filled member of Christ the King Lutheran Church, Snohomish, WA. He was member of the choir and a leader in the church.
His smile greeted everyone who entered the church each Sunday morning. In my first trip to visit the church, he was among the first people I met.
The Lord Restores My Soul
for SATB and Piano/Organ
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