Christianity 201

November 8, 2010

Worship Classic: Psalm Five

There are a number of versions online of a later Maranatha! Music recording of this song, but I have always felt nothing is as raw and heartfelt as this particular version.

Give ear to my words, O Lord
Consider my mediation
Hearken onto the voice of my cry
My King and my God

For unto Thee will I pray
My voice shalt Thou hear in the morning
O Lord, in the morning
Will I direct my prayer
Onto Thee and will look up.

Here are some other notes about the song from the description and comments in a different YouTube video of it (no longer available):

The way I heard it Big Bill was asleep and woke with a melody to King David’s words in Psalm 5. A week or two later Bill went to heaven after a massive heart attack. He never got to hear this final recording. Thank you Big Bill and David and God that we have been given this beautiful melody from a dream.

A week later, the rest of the band (The Road Home) and various backing singers from the Calvary Chapel/Maranatha music community, gathered in the studio and completed the recording, which was first released on the Album “Maranatha 5” .



  1. How do you get the Road Home albums.

    Comment by Riock — April 25, 2013 @ 10:26 pm | Reply

  2. I love this version!! I live in Australia, and am 42 years old: We used to listen to this on the old farm in NSW when I was aged 8-12 or so, and I have never forgotten it. Many years later when I became a keys player/worship leader, I wrote this song out from memory from that old tape with lots of hiss. We never knew who the singer/band was until today. I’m not sure if our copy had all the extra tracks or not, but we loved it anyhow; don’t even know how we came to have it either! Thank you for posting this. THANK YOU! Heath

    Comment by Heath — June 6, 2014 @ 9:32 pm | Reply

  3. I just found this web page. I went to high school with Bill. We were both class of 1967 at Oceanside High School. He was very popular and played in a band called Beat, Inc. They played at school dances. One day at school, I made an unkind remark at him and have regretted it ever since. I never got to apologize. I pray that he can forgive me. God Bless you Bill. I am sorry.

    Comment by Michael Winters — February 11, 2015 @ 1:00 pm | Reply

    • Hi Michael

      I think one of the following is true.
      Bill is in the presence of the Lord, and in that place past hurts are simply not remembered, they no longer matter.
      God was looking over your shoulder as you typed that, and let Bill in on it, and He and Bill are smiling down at you.
      OR some combination of both.

      In many churches, the ‘prayer of forgiveness’ is followed by the ‘assurance of pardon.’ While I do not believe that any person or priest can grant absolution — it is God who forgives — reading the heart of what you wrote, I believe I can say you are forgiven.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — February 11, 2015 @ 1:09 pm | Reply

    • Hi Michael, you may never see this as it’s posted quite a while after this thread . But I just came across this thread and so wanted to respond. I also knew Billy as a family friend in Oceanside during those years. My sister and I were teenagers and made some juvenile rude comments to Billy and Nancy. They were both very passionate about their love for Jesus and about their desire to see my sister and I come to know Jesus.So they were very graceful and forgiving not seeming to carry any bitterness or anger in their hearts.
      I just read in Daniel 7, that one day in heaven thousands upon thousands will be surrounding the throne worshiping the King of Kings . Let’s meet up there. 🙂

      Comment by hopeforasia — October 3, 2020 @ 12:51 pm | Reply

  4. Psalm 5 has lived within me as a song since our eldest son Paul at the age of about 9 years old was disciplined one morning and was banished to his room. He was quite upset but as time moved on something beautiful came out of a traumatic moment.
    We had endeavoured to encourage the musical ability within him from the age of 8 and on this day of his disciplining I went about my tasks in the back yard but was arrested by the sound of Paul singing and playing his guitar singing this song that was Psalm 5. It was very inspiring. I had no prior recall of the song but listening imprinted the words and music on my heart and now more than 40 years later I still can hear him singing.

    Comment by Roy Dunn — June 28, 2015 @ 2:56 am | Reply

  5. One of my all time faorite Inspirational songs by Bill Sprouse. Psalm 5

    Comment by royhenryvickers — August 16, 2015 @ 4:51 pm | Reply

  6. I bought the cassette back when it was first released, in fact I still have it! Loved the album and this song in particular although I never knew the back story until recently. I still use this version in personal worship after more than 40 years. I’m sure I’m not the only one. God rest his soul.

    Comment by Natalie — May 15, 2016 @ 10:50 pm | Reply

  7. Personally, this is the version I grew up with in the early to mid 80’s. Is this the original version or a later one? I’d love to know who the lead and backing singers were specifically.

    Comment by Luke — January 3, 2017 @ 6:11 am | Reply

    • I believe they built this version around the tracks Bill recorded at his home studio. It’s hard to remember all the details now.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — January 3, 2017 @ 9:46 am | Reply

  8. No one conveyed the message like Bill did. I recall the time and the period.. It was used repeatedly with the group of young ‘not-yet believers’ we opened our doors to in Greece. The rallying call, even now after all these years can melt the heart. God certainly gave the song to Bill, who thankfully was faithful enough to record ust in time before he move onto greater things with the Lord.

    Comment by Gwen Murray — December 24, 2018 @ 5:07 am | Reply

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