David Baloche: Contemplating God with the Psalms

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David Baloche’s new album, Labyrinth, will pull you into a mood of reflection and contemplation. Ten peaceful tracks with Scripture-based lyrics are accompanied by acoustic guitar, light percussion and haunting synthesizer. The lyrics are simple, and the repetition adds to the album’s meditative mood; the music is quietly complex without getting in the way of the lyrics.

Most of the songs on this album were inspired by the psalms, though one of my favorite pieces, “Come to Me,” is based on Matthew 11:28. Baloche’s video for “Come to Me” spotlights the work Catholic Charities USA does to assist refugee families.

Don’t let the title fool you: this isn’t New Age “spiritual” music. It’s solidly rooted in the Bible and is a wonderful accompaniment to prayer. I like to choose one or two of these songs to listen to at the beginning of prayer time–the music is calming and very helpful in transitioning from the busy-ness of work or family life into a time of prayer. I find a new favorite track every time I listen. Preview this album on Spotify.

"David Baloche: Contemplating God with the Psalms" by Barb Szyszkiewicz (CatholicMom.com)

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Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom, Secular Franciscan and freelance writer. Her three children range in age from high school to young adult, and she enjoys writing, cooking, and reading. Barb volunteers at the school library and is a music minister at her parish. She is also an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. Barb blogs at FranciscanMom and shares her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at Cook and Count.

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