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
Sing to the Lord, Who here proclaims,
His various and His saving names;
And may they not be words alone,
But by our sure experience known!
Our God Almighty be adored,
Eternal, all sufficient Lord!
This righteous Lord for ever reigns;
Justice and truth He still maintains.
The sovereign Judge prepares His throne,
And will His awesome power make known
To vindicate the righteous cause,
If mortals dare defy His laws.
Awake out noblest powers to bless
The God of Ages God of Peace;
Yet by a dearer title known
Father and God of Christ His Son.
Through every age His gracious ear
Is open to His servant’s prayer;
Nor can one humble soul complain,
That is has sought the Lord in vain.
To Thee our souls in faith arise,
To Thee we lift expectant eyes;
And boldly through this desert tread,
For Thou will guard where Thou shalt lead.
Philip Doddridge 1702-1751
From ‘Psalm and Hymns of Reformed Worship’ Hymnbook.
I will praise you, LORD, with all my heart;
I will tell of all the marvellous things you have done.
I will be filled with joy because of you.
I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.
My enemies retreated;
they staggered and died when you appeared.
For you have judged in my favour;
from your throne you have judged with fairness.
You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked;
you have erased their names forever.
The enemy is finished, in endless ruins;
the cities you uprooted are now forgotten.
But the LORD reigns forever,
executing judgment from his throne.
He will judge the world with justice
and rule the nations with fairness.
The LORD is a shelter for the oppressed,
a refuge in times of trouble.
Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, O LORD, do not abandon those who search for you.
Sing praises to the LORD who reigns in Jerusalem.a
Tell the world about his unforgettable deeds.
For he who avenges murder cares for the helpless.
He does not ignore the cries of those who suffer.
LORD, have mercy on me.
See how my enemies torment me.
Snatch me back from the jaws of death.
Save me so I can praise you publicly at Jerusalem’s gates,
so I can rejoice that you have rescued me.
The nations have fallen into the pit they dug for others.
Their own feet have been caught in the trap they set.
The LORD is known for his justice.
The wicked are trapped by their own deeds.
Quiet The wicked will go down to the grave.c
This is the fate of all the nations who ignore God.
But the needy will not be ignored forever;
the hopes of the poor will not always be crushed.
Arise, O LORD!
Do not let mere mortals defy you!
Judge the nations!
Make them tremble in fear, O LORD.
Let the nations know they are merely human.
New Living Translation (NLT)