Steel Pulse was one of the top reggae acts to come out of England. They signed to Island Records in 1978 and made three albums for the label, but were dropped in the early '80s when they fell out of step with the two-tone movement that was all the rage. The group's lead singer, David Hinds, wrote "Chant A Psalm" during this time as a song of encouragement at this career nadir. "That period of the band's life wasn't very pretty," he said in a Songfacts interview
. "It was just a way of telling myself, 'Don't be down and out because you've got that psalm you can be chanting every day.'"