The book of Psalms is one of the most cherished and revered books of the Bible. Containing an array of treasured subjects, the Psalms speak of life experiences, of praise, of wisdom, and history. In prose and poetry is Jehovah’s might and magnificence bespoken of that all heaven, earth, and creation are summoned in spontaneous praise to the Lord Almighty.
The Psalms are food for the spirit, comfort for the soul, and a source for thanksgiving and prayer. The Psalms are described an “anatomy of all parts of the soul” containing recantations from the depths of the soul to exclamations of joy, praise, and thanksgiving.
It is no wonder that the Psalms occupy a special place in the hearts and minds of people, for contained within is a place where human struggle and deliverance is depicted vividly, and where utterances of the soul are exquisitely conveyed, transcending all who read them.
The Hallelujah Psalms befit the capital inscriptions which adorn the commencement and conclusion of the psalm: “Hallelujah,” “Praise Jehovah,” “Praise the Lord Almighty.”
Vocal intonations, voice quavers and melodic ornamentation, coupled with the familiar sounds of Thai instruments such as the ranad ek (xylophone), the saw (stringed instrument), and the ching (chimes), combine to extol the beauty and expressive virtues of Thai music. Thais may now meditate on Scripture which has been praised, prayed, and effused with the exhortation and evocation of enduring truths set to classical Thai music.