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)