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
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)