The Spirit of the Psalms: Lord In The Morning Thou Shalt Hear (Psalm 5)

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 5

Lord, in the morning Thou shalt hear
My voice ascending high;
To Thee will I direct my prayer,
To Thee lift up mine eye.
Up to the place where Christ is gone,
My advocate on high,
Presenting at the Father’s Throne,
Each song, and every sigh.

O holy Lord, before Whose sight
No evil ways shall stand,
Who has in sinners no delight,
Nor place at Thy right hand.

To this Thy house will I resort,
To taste Thy mercies here;
I’ll pray within Thy holy court,
And worship and revere.

O may Thy Spirit guide my feet
In ways of righteousness;
Make every path of duty straight
And plain before my face.

All they that love and trust Thy name
Shall see their hopes fulfilled;
For Thou, O Lord, will compass them
With favour as a shield.
Isaac Watts 1674-1781
From ‘Psalms and Hymns of Reformed Worship’ Hymnbook.

O LORD, hear me as I pray;
pay attention to my groaning.
Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God,
for I pray to no one but you.
Listen to my voice in the morning, LORD.
Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.
O God, you take no pleasure in wickedness;
you cannot tolerate the sins of the wicked.
Therefore, the proud may not stand in your presence,
for you hate all who do evil.
You will destroy those who tell lies.
The LORD detests murderers and deceivers.
Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house;
I will worship at your Temple with deepest awe.
Lead me in the right path, O LORD,
or my enemies will conquer me.
Make your way plain for me to follow.
My enemies cannot speak a truthful word.
Their deepest desire is to destroy others.
Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave.
Their tongues are filled with flattery.
O God, declare them guilty.
Let them be caught in their own traps.
Drive them away because of their many sins,
for they have rebelled against you.
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
let them sing joyful praises forever.
Spread your protection over them,
that all who love your name may be filled with joy.
For you bless the godly, O LORD;
you surround them with your shield of love.
New Living Translation (NLT)

The Spirit of the Psalms: Let All Now Stand In Awe (Psalm 4)

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 4 Version 2

Let all now stand in awe,
And from your sin depart;
Out of this evil would withdraw,
And yield to God your heart.
In thinking of His love
Be wholly new employed,
Be still, for from His presence move,
But wait upon your God.

Offer your prayer and praise,
Which He will not despise,
Through Jesus Christ your righteousness,
Accepted sacrifice;
Yield all your heart’s desires,
And trust in Him alone,
Who gives the merit He requires,
And freely saves His own.

Thou hast on us bestowed,
All gracious as Thou art,
The gladness of that sovereign good
That warms and fills the heart:
Above all earthly bliss,
The sense of sin forgiven,
The hidden joy and perfect peace,
And foretaste here of Heaven.

Of gospel peace possessed,
Secure in Thy defence,
Now Lord, within Thine arms we rest,
And none can pluck us thence:
Not sin, nor earth, nor hell,
Shall ever us remove,
When we, renewed in Christ, do dwell
In His securest love.
Charles Wesley 1707 – 1788
From ‘Psalms and Hymns of Reformed Worship’ Hymnbook.

Answer me when I call to you,
O God who declares me innocent.
Free me from my troubles.
Have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
How long will you people ruin my reputation?
How long will you make groundless accusations?
How long will you continue your lies?
You can be sure of this:
The LORD set apart the godly for himself.
The LORD will answer when I call to him.
Don’t sin by letting anger control you.
Think about it overnight and remain silent.
Offer sacrifices in the right spirit,
and trust the LORD.
Many people say, “Who will show us better times?”
Let your face smile on us, LORD.
You have given me greater joy
than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine.
In peace I will lie down and sleep,
for you alone, O LORD, will keep me safe.
New Living Translation (NLT)

 

 

Spring Has Sprung With April Showers.

Hello, it feels like a long time since I posted something from me instead of a resource I have found helpful in my Spiritual journey that I wanted to share with you so here is a check in post. Since the third week of Lent I have regularly been attending worship on Sunday’s, prayer meetings on Friday’s and helping out by washing dishes for the community lunches every week. I have received a lot of positive and encouraging words, and hugs, from the local church and community and I am really starting to feel that family vibe. Most of the people have known me since I was six years old but a few I have only met recently, which is fun and a little bit awkward but mostly just fun.

Thanks to smart people using smart technology I have been able to feel more included in Sunday worship by having the power points on my iPhone/iPad so that I can follow along with any pictures the speaker wants to share as well as the hymns. Going back to church and having a different preacher every week is taking some time to adjust too but so far I have enjoyed all the testimonies and talks, my highlight is always receiving the Lord’s Supper. When I was just listening to services and sermons at home being broadcast online it was mostly Baptist services with the same Pastor every week and they tend to have less of a musical heritage and can spend an entire 40 minute sermon on one text of a Bible book rather than a few passages between hymns and a shorter sermon. I still listen because that style really appeals to me so now I get the best of both approaches. I like consistency and routine so I am not saying that one way is better than the other. I am just slow to embrace change and adapting takes time for me. Now I have heard most of the rotating preachers/ministers I have a feel for their ministry and when I hear who it is each Sunday I am better prepared and sometimes it means that I have to spend more time in prayer asking Jesus to help me focus and retain their message, which is good training for my soul. I now realise what a blessing audio sermons are and the added ability to download them and re-listen to them at anytime. Sometimes I miss the message because I am sat in the pew worrying that because I cannot re-listen to it I will miss something important but I should not worry because A) Jesus forbids it – Matthew chapter 6 – and B) because of the way the lectionary is set up if I miss it one year I will be able to pick it up again in another 3 years.

I really enjoy the prayer meetings and I found out recently that they were originally started by a lady I knew years ago because she is the grandmother of a girl I used to play and hang out with. My mum also child-minded her younger sister who is now doing A Levels so that makes me feel really old. The prayer meetings are usually small I do not think there has been more than seven of us at any meeting so far so it is nice and is supported by several denominations not just Methodists. I have not been brave enough yet to actually pray aloud but I have mentioned a person and a situation that was on my heart recently and I could feel the power of prayer and the presence of Jesus when the group prayed over it. I also like how we start by reading the Bible passage that will be read the following Sunday. We always say the Lord’s Prayer followed by the Grace at the end, this was another adjustment for me because for years I have been saying the Lord’s Prayer with the ending ‘and deliver us from the evil one, Amen’. But the group finishes with ‘and deliver us from evil, for yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory for ever and ever, Amen’. Which I did grow up saying so it is not as if it is new to me I just got out of the habit after reading or studying some years ago and have been saying the alternative and I worry about saying it wrong out loud and embarrassing myself, pride go away. I prefer to say deliver us from the evil one because it is more specific and I do not like adding for yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory after it because, and it may sound silly but, in my head it sounds like I am attributing those to the evil one I just talked about and I do not want to do that and also I think that part is added from Isaiah because it is not in Matthew’s version.

I enjoy helping out with the lunches and using the dishwasher. It reminds me of my time running the dishwasher in a care home kitchen when I was younger and it shows me that even then God had a plan for me putting me in training and now I am seeing that fruit. We have a good chat and a good laugh in the kitchen. I know and am comfortable with my space and I have a routine. I keep things efficient for the waiting staff. My only freak out moments have been with the glasses and the cutlery but we have a system in place now to limit accidents. The glasses go on a black tray and I wait till the tray is filled up and then I put the cutlery and the glasses on the grey flat dishwashing tray, that way I do not miss them in the spiky blue trays and drop or smash them when I pick and move the blue trays around. Usually by running my gloved fingers over surfaces I can tell if it is clean or not and if it is a sweet and sour day on the menu and everything is orange I know even more that it is not clean! I am thankful for everyone’s patience and I hope to be able to serve for as long as I am able.

I come home exhausted from all the socialising and the activity and usually crash nap for several hours and need to decompress but I think it is worth it. God has given me the opportunity to serve and to keep fellowship with Him and my Spiritual family and the tiredness is a good tiredness not an annoying tiredness and because all the activity is on Friday and Sunday I get Saturday and Monday to recoup. I think I have caught you up and I am excited for some projects I have in mind for this blog over the next year so please stay tuned.

God bless.

The Spirit of the Psalms: O God Of Righteousness (Psalm 4)

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 4 Version 1

O God of righteousness,
This humble suppliant hear,
Thou hast relieved me in distress,
And Thou art always near;
Again Thy mercy show,
The peaceful answer send,
Assuage my grief, relieve my woe,
And all my troubles end.

How long will godless men
Discredit me aloud,
My honour and my glory stain,
And vilify my God?
How long will they delight
In vanity and vice,
Against believers fiercely fight.
And follow after lies?

Know, for Himself, the Lord
Has surely set apart
All those who tremble at His Word,
And seek and upright heart;
And when to Him I pray,
He promises to hear,
And help me in the evil day,
And answer all my prayer.
Charles Wesley 1707 – 1788
From ‘Psalms and Hymns of Reformed Worship’ Hymnbook.

Answer me when I call to you,
O God who declares me innocent.
Free me from my troubles.
Have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
How long will you people ruin my reputation?
How long will you make groundless accusations?
How long will you continue your lies?
You can be sure of this:
The LORD set apart the godly for himself.
The LORD will answer when I call to him.
Don’t sin by letting anger control you.
Think about it overnight and remain silent.
Offer sacrifices in the right spirit,
and trust the LORD.
Many people say, “Who will show us better times?”
Let your face smile on us, LORD.
You have given me greater joy
than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine.
In peace I will lie down and sleep,
for you alone, O LORD, will keep me safe.
New Living Translation (NLT)

The Spirit of the Psalms: Thy Promise Lord Is Perfect Peace (Psalm 3)

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 3

Thy promise, Lord, is perfect peace,
And yet my trials still increase;
Till fears, at times, my soul beset
That Satan will defeat me yet.

Then, Saviour, must I fly to Thee,
And in Thy strength my refuge see;
O hear me from Thy holy hill,
And calm, and keep, and help me still.

Beneath Thy care secure I sleep,
For what can harm, when Thou dost keep?
I’ll wake and know Thee at my side,
My omnipresent guard and guide!

For how can earth or hell distress,
With God so strong, so near to bless?
From Thee alone salvation flows,
My only refuge and repose.
Henry Francis Lyte 1793 – 1847
From ‘Psalms and Hymns of Reformed Worship’ Hymnbook.

O LORD, I have so many enemies;
so many are against me.
So many are saying,
“God will never rescue him!”
But you, O LORD, are a shield around me;
you are my glory, the one who holds my head high.
I cried out to the LORD,
and he answered me from his holy mountain.
I lay down and slept,
yet I woke up in safety,
for the LORD was watching over me.
I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies
who surround me on every side.
Arise, O LORD!
Rescue me, my God!
Slap all my enemies in the face!
Shatter the teeth of the wicked!
Victory comes from you, O LORD.
May you bless your people.
New Living Translation (NLT)

The Spirit of the Psalms: O Wherefore Do The Nations Rage (Psalm 2)

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 2 Version 2

O wherefore do the nations rage,
And kings and rulers strive in vain,
Against the Lord of earth and Heaven,
To overthrow Messiah’s reign?

Their strength is weakness in the sight
Of Him Who sits enthroned above;
He speaks, and judgements fall on them
Who tempt His wrath and scorn His love.

By God’s decree His Son receives
The nations for His heritage;
The conquering Christ shall surely reign
As King of Kings, from age to age.

Be wise you rulers of the earth,
And serve the Lord with godly fear;
With reverent joy confess the Son
While yet in mercy He is near.

Delay not, lest His anger rise,
And you should perish in your way;
Lo all that put their trust in Him
Are blest for all eternity.
The Psalter 1912
From ‘Psalms and Hymns of Reformed Worship’ Hymnbook.

Why are the nations so angry?
Why do they waste their time with futile plans?
The kings of the earth prepare for battle;
the rulers plot together
against the LORD
and against his anointed one.
“Let us break their chains,” they cry,
“and free ourselves from slavery to God.”
But the one who rules in heaven laughs.
The Lord scoffs at them.
Then in anger he rebukes them,
terrifying them with his fierce fury.
For the Lord declares, “I have placed my chosen king on the throne
in Jerusalem, on my holy mountain.”
The king proclaims the LORD’s decree:
“The LORD said to me, ‘You are my son.
Today I have become your Father.
Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance,
the whole earth as your possession.
You will break them with an iron rod
and smash them like clay pots.’”
Now then, you kings, act wisely!
Be warned, you rulers of the earth!
Serve the LORD with reverent fear,
and rejoice with trembling.
Submit to God’s royal son, or he will become angry,
and you will be destroyed in the midst of all your activities—
for his anger flares up in an instant.
But what joy for all who take refuge in him!
New Living Translation (NLT)