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
Lord my God I trust in Thee,
From despair deliver me,
When th’accuser comes in power
Seeking whom he may devour.
Lord our God, if we have done
Deeds unworthy of Thy son,
Deeds so dark as to expose
Our weak souls to Satan’s blows.
If we’ve lost our hold above,
Then, dear Saviour, look in love;
Wash away our guilty stain,
Purge us and restore again.
Or if Satan’s hate unfurled,
Scorn of men with insults hurled,
Come because we love Thy Word,
Vindicate Thy Truth, O Lord!
Lord, we know Thy justice will
Soon remain no longer still,
When the violent shall dismayed
See Thy righteousness displayed.
From ‘Psalms and Hymns of Reformed Worship’ Hymnbook.
I come to you for protection, O LORD my God.
Save me from my persecutors—rescue me!
If you don’t, they will maul me like a lion,
tearing me to pieces with no one to rescue me.
O LORD my God, if I have done wrong
or am guilty of injustice,
If I have betrayed a friend
or plundered my enemy without cause,
then let my enemies capture me.
Let them trample me into the ground
and drag my honour in the dust.
Arise, O LORD, in anger!
Stand up against the fury of my enemies!
Wake up, my God, and bring justice!
Gather the nations before you.
Rule over them from on high.
The LORD judges the nations.
Declare me righteous, O LORD,
for I am innocent, O Most High!
End the evil of those who are wicked,
and defend the righteous.
For you look deep within the mind and heart,
O righteous God.
God is my shield,
saving those whose hearts are true and right.
God is an honest judge.
He is angry with the wicked every day.
If a person does not repent,
God will sharpen his sword;
he will bend and string his bow.
He will prepare his deadly weapons
and shoot his flaming arrows.
The wicked conceive evil;
they are pregnant with trouble
and give birth to lies.
They dig a deep pit to trap others,
then fall into it themselves.
The trouble they make for others backfires on them.
The violence they plan falls on their own heads.
I will thank the LORD because he is just;
I will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.
New Living Translation (NLT)