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The Project

About EveryPsalm

The Psalms are 150 different works, written by numerous authors, that embody the unique realities of life. Few texts wield such a wide range of direction and influence, and possibly no others do so with such accuracy, empathy, and strength.

Through this project, we hope people will be able to realize and experience God’s faithfulness in abundance, come into closer relationship with him, and maybe even commit some scripture to memory along the way.

What is EveryPsalm?

EveryPsalm is a collection of psalm-based songs. Starting at Psalm 1 and ending at Psalm 150, Poor Bishop Hooper released a simple, meditative song each week for nearly three years. All the music is free to listen, download, or stream. Accompanying the musical works are seven original copper etchings by Lauren Stevens. Each piece of visual art portrays one of the seven major categories or themes in which the psalms are commonly divided. These themes are Praise, Lament, Thanksgiving, Confidence, Kingship, Remembrance, and Wisdom.

Why EveryPsalm?

The Psalter speaks to the entirety of the human experience - from feelings of triumph to loss, from communion with God to utter loneliness. The poetic nature of the Psalms lay the groundwork for its captivating beauty. Our goal in this project, (like many of our others) is to help listeners engage with the scriptures in new ways, and to bring God’s relevant and applicable word to both the normal and extraordinary times of life. In our experience, the truth of the Psalms can bring rest to sleepless nights, encouragement in times of failure, and the way forward where there seems to be none.

How do I hear the music? Do you perform live?

All the songs are available wherever you listen to music. You can listen and download on this site, watch and listen on YouTube, or get the tunes on every major streaming platform. Aside from listening on the device of your choice, we are currently praying, crafting, and dreaming about how the Lord wants us to present EveryPsalm in ``live" settings. If you have ideas on how EveryPsalm might serve your community, or want to host some sort of EveryPsalm experience, we’d love to hear from you!

How can I help?

Though the original goal of EveryPsalm is complete (the writing and recording of the psalm-songs), we still need your help! As a ministry, we share all of our resources for free. We also do our best to serve both churches and underserved communities (prisons, rural, etc.) with in-person events, be it EveryPsalm, The Golgotha Experience, or otherwise. To make all this possible, outside support is needed. We first ask for prayer as we steward this ministry, and secondly, that you’d consider giving financially if you’re able. Thank you!

The Structure

Psalm Categories

I

Psalms of Praise

Psalms of Praise

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Psalms of Praise

Psalms of Praise, otherwise known as hymns, are songs of pure praise to God. These songs are sung when our orientation and relationship with God is stable, calm, and untroubled. Psalms of Praise can be general calls to worship, address God’s rule as creator, or exist as an author’s personal moments of adoration.

Examples include Psalm 9, 29, and 48.
II

Psalms of Lament

Psalms of Lament

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Psalms of Lament

Psalms of Lament are songs and prayers given to God in times of pain - when we feel distant from God, hurting, or abandoned. Though each Lament begins in a generally negative position, each one turns back to God in trust and thanksgiving by its end (excluding Psalm 88). Psalms of Lament can be cries of desperation, petitions for aid, or pleas for justice.

Examples include Psalm 3, 6, and 31.
III

Psalms of Thanksgiving

Psalms of Thanksgiving

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Psalms of Thanksgiving

Psalms of Thanksgiving are similar to Psalms of Praise, in that they celebrate God. In doing so however, they share narratives of God’s goodness and typically honor specific things that He has done. This can include heard and answered prayers, stories of deliverance, and God-given victories.

Examples include Psalm 16, 18, and 40.
IV

Psalms of Confidence

Psalms of Confidence

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Psalms of Confidence

Psalms of Confidence describe the author’s trust and faith in God, typically with a central image or theme. Psalm 23 is the primary example, where David compares God to his shepherd.

Examples include Psalm 11, 23, and 27.
V

Psalms of Kingship

Psalms of Kingship

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Psalms of Kingship

Psalms of Kingship present a king as the major focus. This can be directed at a humanly king, or God as the heavenly King of all creation.

Examples include Psalm 2, 20, and 50.
VI

Psalms of Remembrance

Psalms of Remembrance

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Psalms of Remembrance

Psalms of Remembrance retell the history of God’s presence in humanity, focusing on acts of salvation and redemption in the past. These psalms turn our hearts toward gratitude as we remember God’s grace in his specific actions, the miraculous, and major historical events.

Examples include Psalm 78, 105, and 106.
VII

Psalms of Wisdom

Psalms of Wisdom

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Psalms of Wisdom

Psalms of Wisdom are similar to the ``Wisdom" books of the Old Testament (think Proverbs or Ecclesiastes). These psalms provide instruction, both specifically and broadly, on how to live life and exist in relationship with God.

Examples include Psalm 1, 49, and 119.
I

Psalms of Praise

Psalms of Praise

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Psalms of Praise

Psalms of Praise, otherwise known as hymns, are songs of pure praise to God. These songs are sung when our orientation and relationship with God is stable, calm, and untroubled. Psalms of Praise can be general calls to worship, address God’s rule as creator, or exist as an author’s personal moments of adoration.

Examples include Psalm 9, 29, and 48.
II

Psalms of Lament

Psalms of Lament

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Psalms of Lament

Psalms of Lament are songs and prayers given to God in times of pain - when we feel distant from God, hurting, or abandoned. Though each Lament begins in a generally negative position, each one turns back to God in trust and thanksgiving by its end (excluding Psalm 88). Psalms of Lament can be cries of desperation, petitions for aid, or pleas for justice.

Examples include Psalm 3, 6, and 31.
III

Psalms of Thanksgiving

Psalms of Thanksgiving

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Psalms of Thanksgiving

Psalms of Thanksgiving are similar to Psalms of Praise, in that they celebrate God. In doing so however, they share narratives of God’s goodness and typically honor specific things that He has done. This can include heard and answered prayers, stories of deliverance, and God-given victories.

Examples include Psalm 16, 18, and 40.
IV

Psalms of Confidence

Psalms of Confidence

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Psalms of Confidence

Psalms of Confidence describe the author’s trust and faith in God, typically with a central image or theme. Psalm 23 is the primary example, where David compares God to his shepherd.

Examples include Psalm 11, 23, and 27.
V

Psalms of Kingship

Psalms of Kingship

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Psalms of Kingship

Psalms of Kingship present a king as the major focus. This can be directed at a humanly king, or God as the heavenly King of all creation.

Examples include Psalm 2, 20, and 50.
VI

Psalms of Remembrance

Psalms of Remembrance

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Psalms of Remembrance

Psalms of Remembrance retell the history of God’s presence in humanity, focusing on acts of salvation and redemption in the past. These psalms turn our hearts toward gratitude as we remember God’s grace in his specific actions, the miraculous, and major historical events.

Examples include Psalm 78, 105, and 106.
VII

Psalms of Wisdom

Psalms of Wisdom

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Psalms of Wisdom

Psalms of Wisdom are similar to the ``Wisdom" books of the Old Testament (think Proverbs or Ecclesiastes). These psalms provide instruction, both specifically and broadly, on how to live life and exist in relationship with God.

Examples include Psalm 1, 49, and 119.
I

Psalms of Praise

Psalms of Praise

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Psalms of Praise

Psalms of Praise, otherwise known as hymns, are songs of pure praise to God. These songs are sung when our orientation and relationship with God is stable, calm, and untroubled. Psalms of Praise can be general calls to worship, address God’s rule as creator, or exist as an author’s personal moments of adoration.

Examples include Psalm 9, 29, and 48.
II

Psalms of Lament

Psalms of Lament

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Psalms of Lament

Psalms of Lament are songs and prayers given to God in times of pain - when we feel distant from God, hurting, or abandoned. Though each Lament begins in a generally negative position, each one turns back to God in trust and thanksgiving by its end (excluding Psalm 88). Psalms of Lament can be cries of desperation, petitions for aid, or pleas for justice.

Examples include Psalm 3, 6, and 31.
III

Psalms of Thanksgiving

Psalms of Thanksgiving

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Psalms of Thanksgiving

Psalms of Thanksgiving are similar to Psalms of Praise, in that they celebrate God. In doing so however, they share narratives of God’s goodness and typically honor specific things that He has done. This can include heard and answered prayers, stories of deliverance, and God-given victories.

Examples include Psalm 16, 18, and 40.
IV

Psalms of Confidence

Psalms of Confidence

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Psalms of Confidence

Psalms of Confidence describe the author’s trust and faith in God, typically with a central image or theme. Psalm 23 is the primary example, where David compares God to his shepherd.

Examples include Psalm 11, 23, and 27.
V

Psalms of Kingship

Psalms of Kingship

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Psalms of Kingship

Psalms of Kingship present a king as the major focus. This can be directed at a humanly king, or God as the heavenly King of all creation.

Examples include Psalm 2, 20, and 50.
VI

Psalms of Remembrance

Psalms of Remembrance

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Psalms of Remembrance

Psalms of Remembrance retell the history of God’s presence in humanity, focusing on acts of salvation and redemption in the past. These psalms turn our hearts toward gratitude as we remember God’s grace in his specific actions, the miraculous, and major historical events.

Examples include Psalm 78, 105, and 106.
VII

Psalms of Wisdom

Psalms of Wisdom

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Psalms of Wisdom

Psalms of Wisdom are similar to the ``Wisdom" books of the Old Testament (think Proverbs or Ecclesiastes). These psalms provide instruction, both specifically and broadly, on how to live life and exist in relationship with God.

Examples include Psalm 1, 49, and 119.
I

Psalms of Praise

Psalms of Praise

Image for the Psalms of Praise category.

Psalms of Praise

Psalms of Praise, otherwise known as hymns, are songs of pure praise to God. These songs are sung when our orientation and relationship with God is stable, calm, and untroubled. Psalms of Praise can be general calls to worship, address God’s rule as creator, or exist as an author’s personal moments of adoration.

Examples include Psalm 9, 29, and 48.
II

Psalms of Lament

Psalms of Lament

Image for the Psalms of Lament category.

Psalms of Lament

Psalms of Lament are songs and prayers given to God in times of pain - when we feel distant from God, hurting, or abandoned. Though each Lament begins in a generally negative position, each one turns back to God in trust and thanksgiving by its end (excluding Psalm 88). Psalms of Lament can be cries of desperation, petitions for aid, or pleas for justice.

Examples include Psalm 3, 6, and 31.
III

Psalms of Thanksgiving

Psalms of Thanksgiving

Image for the Psalm of Thanksgiving category.

Psalms of Thanksgiving

Psalms of Thanksgiving are similar to Psalms of Praise, in that they celebrate God. In doing so however, they share narratives of God’s goodness and typically honor specific things that He has done. This can include heard and answered prayers, stories of deliverance, and God-given victories.

Examples include Psalm 16, 18, and 40.
IV

Psalms of Confidence

Psalms of Confidence

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Psalms of Confidence

Psalms of Confidence describe the author’s trust and faith in God, typically with a central image or theme. Psalm 23 is the primary example, where David compares God to his shepherd.

Examples include Psalm 11, 23, and 27.
V

Psalms of Kingship

Psalms of Kingship

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Psalms of Kingship

Psalms of Kingship present a king as the major focus. This can be directed at a humanly king, or God as the heavenly King of all creation.

Examples include Psalm 2, 20, and 50.
VI

Psalms of Remembrance

Psalms of Remembrance

Image for the Psalms of Remembrance category.

Psalms of Remembrance

Psalms of Remembrance retell the history of God’s presence in humanity, focusing on acts of salvation and redemption in the past. These psalms turn our hearts toward gratitude as we remember God’s grace in his specific actions, the miraculous, and major historical events.

Examples include Psalm 78, 105, and 106.
VII

Psalms of Wisdom

Psalms of Wisdom

Image for the Psalms of Wisdom category.

Psalms of Wisdom

Psalms of Wisdom are similar to the ``Wisdom" books of the Old Testament (think Proverbs or Ecclesiastes). These psalms provide instruction, both specifically and broadly, on how to live life and exist in relationship with God.

Examples include Psalm 1, 49, and 119.
Close up photograph of Lauren Stevens' hands while making a copper etching.Black and white photograph of Jesse and Leah Roberts, known as the artist Poor Bishop Hooper.
The Art

Album Artwork

To accompany the musical content, our dear friend Lauren Stevens (Arizona native now working in KC) created original copper etchings for each major psalm category. Skillfully and thoughtfully crafted, these works highlight the intricacies, movement, and historical detail of the foundational text, and add another aspect of God’s beauty to the project. Original prints by the artist are available!*

*Prints are currently unable to ship until after February 10, 2023

Close up photograph of Lauren Stevens' hands while making a copper etching.
Poor Bishop Hooper

Jesse and Leah Roberts

Musicians, house church leaders, and parents of three living in Grandview, MO. We also operate a recording studio, and eat on the porch a lot.

Black and white photograph of Jesse and Leah Roberts, known as the artist Poor Bishop Hooper.
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