Basement Psalms Live

by Rick Lee James

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    Rick Lee James Live concert album, "Basement Psalms LIVE". Album releases March 1st, 2013. This is for the CD only.

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  • The official companion book to Basement Psalms Live. The Psalms: you’ve heard them read in church, adapted into worship songs and maybe glanced through them once or twice. But have you ever asked yourself what the message is behind this moving yet enigmatic book? Have you ever let the Psalms truly speak to you, or, to put it more accurately, let God speak to you through them?
    In Out of the Depths, singer and song-writer Rick Lee James invites you to do precisely that. Using a unique blend of personal stories, scholarship and pastoral insight, Rick walks you through the Book of Psalms in 10 deep and powerful chapters. He invites you to learn more, feel more and, above all, hear from God through the Psalms more than you ever have before.
    Whether you’ve read the Psalms a hundred times or aren’t familiar with them at all, Out of the Depths is a book that will challenge you and help you to look at the Bible’s

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It has always been a dream of mine to record a live album. This record is just me and my guitar, with no overdubs, and no place to hide. There are a couple of mistakes in my playing but since the Psalms are so full of people confessing their mistakes, I found it appropriate to leave them on the final recording unchanged.
It took a little over a year to make this live album. It was a process of research into the Psalms, writing and rewriting music, doing more research, and practicing for countless hours. I can’t thank my (then pregnant) wife Jenn enough for enduring all those hours of practice while these songs were being formed in me.
The Psalms insist that you take your time. They are some of the most ancient prayers, hymns, and faith statements that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam possess. My goal was to be true to the heart of these Jewish Prayers, while at the same time being faithful to my own beliefs as a Christian. My hope is that all who hear this album would be drawn closer to the heart of God in some way.
No matter what season of life you may find yourself in, be it with a fist full or curses or a mouth full of praises, the Psalms chronicle our human state while daring us to encounter God together. The Psalms have 5 sections and there are two songs from each section on this album.
I hope that you’ll listen to this record uninterrupted from the start to the finish and take the journey that the Psalm writers indented for us to take. It’s a journey of faithfulness as faith being lost. It’s a journey that will wound you but will also bring you to health. It’s a journey of joyful triumph and agonizing loss. Most of all it’s a journey of life with many companions, not the least of whom is a wild God unleashed among us, loving us too much to let us walk these roads alone.
My prayer for you is that you will be blessed and touched by these ancient words. I pray that you will be formed by the One whose love will be our song forever. So beware the roads the wicked send you down, and let everything that has breath praise the Lord.


Blessings,
Rick Lee James

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Rick Lee James is a singer and songwriter, a gifted speaker, a worship leader and a Podcast host who has worked with the likes of Jason Gray, Andrew Peterson, Sara Groves, Michael Card, Brian Zahnd, Tripp York, Brett Mccracken, Ian Morgan Cron and many more. ... more

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Track Name: Psalm 1 (The Wicked)
Verse 1
The wicked give directions down the easy street
Blessed are those who do not follow them
The wicked follow the crowd wherever it may lead
Blessed are those who do not follow them
But those who keep their minds upon the things of God
Will be like trees planted by the water
Chorus
Growing deep their roots, they will bear good fruit
And their leaves will not be withered on the ground.
God will watch their paths and they’ll learn to watch Him back
But beware the roads the wicked send you down.
Verse 2
The wicked, like the chaff the wind will blow away
Blessed are those who do not follow them
The wicked cannot stand upon the judgment day
Blessed are those who do not follow them
But those who keep their minds upon the things of God
Will be like trees planted by the water
Back to Chorus
Bridge:
The wicked will not stand, only a righteous man
Has a place before a righteous God
There are many ways so which on will you take?
Blessed are those who take the righteous one.

Back to Chorus
Track Name: Psalm 8 Intro
This is an introduction to Psalm 8.
Track Name: Brannon Hancock, Rick Lee James - Psalm 8 (How Majestic Is Your Name)
Chorus
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name
How majestic is You name
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name
How majestic is You name, how majestic is Your name in all the earth
Verse 1
In all the earth we see your hand
In the creatures of the air, the sea, and the land
The little babies cry your name
And the enemy is broken by their praise
Chorus 2
O Lord, echo: (Yahweh)
Our Lord, echo: (Yahweh)
How majestic is Your name, How majestic is You name
O Lord, echo: (Yah-weh)
Our Lord, echo: (Yah-weh)
How majestic is Your name
How majestic is You name, how majestic is Your name in all the earth
Verse 2
The moon above, the starry skies
You set Your glory in the heavens So Father who am I
That you would dwell Your thoughts on me
That You would put the whole world under my feet
Chorus 3
echo: (Ya-weh)
echo: (Ya-weh)
Track Name: Psalm 42 Intro
This is an introduction to Psalm 42.
Track Name: Psalm 42 (I Will Still Praise Him)
As the deer pants for water, so my soul thirsts for You
The living God, the living God.
My tears won’t stop falling, in the daytime or the night
And people say, “Where is Your God”?
I used to go to the house of the Lord
With shouts of joy and praise
Oh those were the days
Chorus
Why are you downcast, oh my soul?
Why so disturbed inside?
Put your trust in the Lord you God
In these lonely times, I will still praise Him
Verse 2
Clear my name, deliver me. You’re the refuge that I seek
From these evil men, these wicked men.
Send Your light, send Your truth. Have you cast me off from You?
These wicked men are trying to bring me down.
Bring me back to your dwelling place,
Let me sing for joy again. For the wicked will not win.
Back to Chorus
Verse 3
As the deep calls to deep.
As the waves begin to roll over me I will sing Your songs.
Enemies have surrounded, they throw their words at me:
“Where is your God? Where is your God?
Have You forgotten about me Lord?
The thunder drowns Your voice… But I still have a choice (Back to Chorus)
Track Name: Intro to Psalm 51
This is an introduction to Psalm 51.
Track Name: Psalm 51 (Save Me)
1.) Mercy, please have mercy according to Your steadfast love, O God.
My sin is before me. I have sinned against you Lord, my God.
I know You’re right when You judge me
I have done evil in Your sight.
I knew I was wrong when I fell to sins desire
So I won’t even try to justify

2.) Cleanse me, please cleanse me. Only You can wash me white as snow.

Teach me, Your wisdom. Hide Your face from all these things I’ve done.

Create in me a clean heart

Cast me not away from You

Don’t take You Spirit out of my life

Restore me to the joy of knowing You.


3.) Save me, to save others. Open up my mouth to sing Your praise.

My heart is my offering, I give it back to You for all my days.

You’ve no delight in a sacrifice of show

So I give to You my God, all my heart and soul.

Broken apart is a heart You won’t despise

I give to You this broken life.
Track Name: Psalm 73 (Whom Have I In Heaven But You?)
Verse 1
I had nearly fallen away. My feet had almost stumbled
The wicked seem to have no shame. Their hearts are never humbled
Their bodies are sound, their pockets are full. They scoff at the righteous ones
They say You don’t know. They say You can’t see But where else could I go?
Chorus
Whom have I in heaven but You? There’s nothing on the earth I desire more?
My flesh may fail but You are the strength of my heart forever.
Whom have I in heaven but You? There’s nothing on the earth I desire more?
My flesh may fail but You are the strength of my heart forever.
Verse 2
I walked into the house of the Lord trying to understand
The bitterness in my soul had made me a foolish man
But You didn’t scorn. You held my hand, You led me home again.
You are the shelter the world hasn’t seen I’ll tell everyone I can
Back To Chorus
Bridge
Your nearness is my good. Your nearness in my good. Truly good, truly good.
Back To Chorus
Ending
Your nearness is my, Nearness is my, Nearness is my good. (4 times)
Your nearness in my good, Your nearness in my good.
Track Name: Psalm 89 Intro
This is an introduction to Psalm 89
Track Name: Psalm 89 (Your Love Will Be My Song)
Verse 1
I will declare Your faithfulness. You have made a promise to Your chosen One.
Let heaven declare Your faithfulness.
Hear the holy ones fill the skies with praise
All other gods bow down to You
Holy and mighty in all that You do.
Chorus
Your love will be my song. Your love will be my song.
Your love will be my song forever.
Verse 2
You rule the sea, the crashing waves
But they only rage until You say, “Be still”.
The north and the south, the east and the west
Are held in Your right hand of faithfulness.
Justice and mercy flow from Your throne
Your name is exalted all eternity long
To Chorus
Bridge
So even when hope is fading away
And when are we are tempted to wander and stray
To Chorus
Track Name: Psalm 95 Intro
This is an introduction to Psalm 95, a praise Psalm.
Track Name: Psalm 95 (Come Let Us Sing)
Come let us bow down and pray
Come let us kneel before God our maker
He is our shepherd and we are the sheep of His hand
He holds the heights of the earth
He holds the depths of the sea and the skies
He is our Father and there is no end to His love

Chorus
Come let us sing unto the Lord
Come let us make a joyful sound
Come let us sing unto the Rock of our salvation

Verse 2
If you should hear Him today
If you should hear His voice calling your name
Please do not harden your heart like you’ve done before?
He is the highest of all
He is the King above all other gods.
Why turn away from the peace He is offering You?

To Chorus
Bridge
Praise the Lord of all (3 times)
Enter his rest
Track Name: Psalm 105 Intro
This is an introduction to Psalm 105, a Thanksgiving Psalm.
Track Name: Psalm 105 (Give Thanks To The Lord)
Bridge
Come on sing out call His name
Make His glory known among the nations
Come on sing out call His name
Make His glory known today
Make His glory known today
Make His glory known today

Chorus 1
Give thanks to the Lord, Call on His name
Make known His deeds among the people
Sing out His praise, Glorify His name
Tell of all His marvelous works
Verse 1
He is our cloud when the sun scorches down
He is our fire when the darkness surrounds
He is our stream when the rivers run dry
He is our shelter 'til the storm passes by
To Chorus
Verse 2
He is our grace when we lose the fight with sin
He's the restoration that is calling us back in
He is our salvation
When there's nothing left to save
He's our hallelujah giving us the words to praise
To Chorus
(BRIDGE)
Come on sing out call His name
Make His glory known among the nations
Come on sing out call His name
Make His glory known today
To Chorus

To Bridge

Come on sing out call His name
Make His glory known among the nations
Come on sing out call His name
Make His glory known today
Make His glory known today
Make His glory known today
Track Name: Psalm 130 Intro
This is an introduction to Psalm 130, a penitential Psalm.
Track Name: Psalm 130 (More Than the Watchman)
Out of the depths, Lord hear my cry
I bow my head, swallow my pride
If you should keep a record of wrongs
Lord who could stand? All hope would be gone
Pre-Chorus
I wait for You, I trust in Your word
You give us grace where none is deserved.
Chorus
More than the watchman waits for the morning
So does my soul wait here for You, Lord
I don’t want to move, I don’t want to speak
Not ‘til I know I’ve heard from Your Word
I’ll wait all night with eyes wide open,
I’m not going to sleep ‘til I am whole
‘Til I am wholly Yours
Verse 2
All of my life is held in Your hands
Unfailing love, covers my sin
You will redeem, You will restore
Out of Your grace, forgiveness is poured

Pre-Chorus, Chorus

Pre-Chorus, Chorus
Track Name: Psalm 150 Intro
This is an introduction to Psalm 150, the final Protestant Psalm, a praise Psalm.
Track Name: Psalm 150 (Let Everything That Has Breath)
Verse:
Praise the Lord in the sanctuary
Praise to God up in the sky
Praise Him for His mighty deeds
For His greatness now we sing

Chorus:
Praise Him on the harp Praise him on the lyre
Praise Him with the dance, lift it higher
Praise Him on the trumpet Praise Him on the drum
Praise Him with the guitar, let it strum:
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.