For Psalm 15 I wanted to capture both the questioning of the beginning and the resolution of the ending. So, I started on the dominant and used a Neapolitan 6 chord for the cadence.
|1||LORD, who may dwell in your tabernacle? *|
who may abide upon your holy hill?
|2||Whoever leads a blameless life and does what is right, *|
who speaks the truth from his heart.
|3||There is no guile upon his tongue;|
he does no evil to his friend; *
he does not heap contempt upon his neighbor.
|4||In his sight the wicked is rejected, *|
but he honors those who fear the LORD.
|5||He has sworn to do no wrong *|
and does not take back his word.
|6||He does not give his money in hope of gain, *|
nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.
|7||Whoever does these things *|
shall never be overthrown.
For Psalm 16, I started at the end and worked backwards. There is a cadence in Paul McCartney's The Long and Winding Road that I have always loved and wanted a occasion to steal. I figured there was no time like the present. This psalm starts out with the psalmist pleading for protection and ends with the confidence or faith in the providence of God. So, I made it highly chromatic and used one chord built on fifths instead of thirds. The resolution to an Eb Major chord at the end is, to me, reassuring of God's providence.
|1||Protect me, O God, for I take refuge in you; *|
I have said to the LORD, "You are my Lord,
my good above all other."