The Spirit of the Psalms: I Once Despised and Scorned the Name (Psalm 1)

God willing every Monday I will post a hymn, psalm or spiritual song for encouragement. They say we learn our doctrine through singing which aids in memorisation but I know from my own experience that I tend to focus more on the tune than the words, especially if I am more familiar with the song. So I thought why not take some devotional time every week to really look at the lyrics and the poetry of a spiritual song alongside the Scriptural passages that inspired it.

God willing every Monday I will post a hymn, psalm or spiritual song for encouragement. They say we learn our doctrine through singing which aids in memorisation but I know from my own experience that I tend to focus more on the tune than the words, especially if I am more familiar with the song. So I thought why not take some devotional time every week to really look at the lyrics and the poetry of a spiritual song alongside the Scriptural passages that inspired it.

The Spirit of the Psalms
Psalm 1 Version 2

I once despised and scorned the name
Of my Creator God,
Believing every boastful claim
Of those who spurn His Word.

I walked in bondage to the ways
Of this lost world below,
And spent my strength and passing days
In selfishness and show.

Now in His Word my soul has found
All knowledge, truth and light;
Diffusing all my wondering mind
With unsurpassed delight.

Secure in Christ, He keeps me by
A living stream of grace,
And turns the sorest trial or sigh
To fruitfulness and peace.

Without His pardoning love would I
No place in Heaven find,
But be condemned, at death, to fly
As chaff before the wind.

I’ll trust His never failing love
Who knows and keeps His own;
He guards my way to realms above
And watches from His throne.
Evangelical Psalter
From ‘Psalms and Hymns of Reformed Worship’ Hymnbook.

Oh, the joys of those who do not
follow the advice of the wicked,
or stand around with sinners,
or join in with mockers.
But they delight in the law of the LORD,
meditating on it day and night.
They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither,
and they prosper in all they do.
But not the wicked!
They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind.
They will be condemned at the time of judgment.
Sinners will have no place among the godly.
For the LORD watches over the path of the godly,
but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.
New Living Translation (NLT)

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