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  1. 1998

From the recording Farewell To Shadowlands

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Years ago, it was my prayer that Christ would return in 1998. All the conditions seemed right, and Psalm 98 describes the events that will occur on that Day. This is one of the more "jazz-rock" style tunes on the project and features a blazing guitar-like synth solo, and tricky time signatures. The overall theme is the joy that all of creation will experience when He comes... a theme reflected in the Psalm. By the way, the Christmas carol "Joy To The World" is also based on this Psalm.


Ray Lyon: keyboards
Jeff Quay: cymbals


Psalm 98

1 Sing to the Lord a new song,
for he has done marvelous things;
his right hand and his holy arm
have worked salvation for him.
2 The Lord has made his salvation known
and revealed his righteousness to the nations.
3 He has remembered his love
and his faithfulness to Israel;
all the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation of our God.

4 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth,
burst into jubilant song with music;
5 make music to the Lord with the harp,
with the harp and the sound of singing,
6 with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn— shout for joy before the Lord, the King.

7 Let the sea resound, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it.
8 Let the rivers clap their hands,
let the mountains sing together for joy;
9 let them sing before the Lord,
for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
and the peoples with equity.