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,
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)