The Spirit of the Psalms: O Lord At Times My Heart Is Cold (Psalm 13)

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 13 Version 1

O Lord, at times my heart is cold,
No blessing can I see;
No warmth of Thy protecting love,
No comfort shines on me.

How long wilt Thou conceal Thy face,
And must I distant stand,
With deep’ning sadness, and with trials
And scorn at every hand?

O Lord, my God, consider me,
I fear the soul’s dark sleep;
Grant me to taste Thy power and love,
And living feelings keep.

Help me my pilgrimage review,
And praise Thee for the past;
Reflect on all Thy love to me,
That I may feel at last.

So may I sing, whate’er I feel,
For all Thou art to me;
Thy bounteous dealings, O so kind!
Shall shame my gloom away.
Evangelical Psalter
From ‘Psalms and Hymns of Reformed Worship’ Hymnbook.

O LORD, how long will you forget me? Forever?
How long will you look the other way?
How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul,
with sorrow in my heart every day?
How long will my enemy have the upper hand?
Turn and answer me, O LORD my God!
Restore the sparkle to my eyes, or I will die.
Don’t let my enemies gloat, saying, “We have defeated him!”
Don’t let them rejoice at my downfall.
But I trust in your unfailing love.
I will rejoice because you have rescued me.
I will sing to the LORD
because he is good to me.
New Living Translation (NLT)

The Spirit of the Psalms: Lord When Iniquities About (Psalm 12)

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.

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 12

Lord, when iniquities abound,
And blasphemy grows bold,
When faith is hardly to be found
And love is waxing cold.

When scorners stand on every side,
And some of God seem few;
When men, in vanity and pride,
Have but themselves in view.

Is not Thy coming hastening on?
Hast Thou not given this sign?
May we not trust and lean upon
A promis so divine?

When man is ‘god’, then Thou wilt rise
And make oppressors flee;
In power appear, to their surprise,
And set Thy servants free.

Thy Word like silver, fully tried,
Through ages shall endure;
And all who in its truth confide,
Shall find Thy promise sure.
Isaac Watts 1674-1748
From ‘Psalms and Hymns of Reformed Worship’ Hymnbook.

Help, O LORD, for the godly are fast disappearing!
The faithful have vanished from the earth!
Neighbours lie to each other,
speaking with flattering lips and deceitful hearts.
May the LORD cut off their flattering lips
and silence their boastful tongues.
They say, “We will lie to our hearts’ content.
Our lips are our own—who can stop us?”
The LORD replies, “I have seen violence done to the helpless,
and I have heard the groans of the poor.
Now I will rise up to rescue them,
as they have longed for me to do.”
The LORD’s promises are pure,
like silver refined in a furnace,
purified seven times over.
Therefore, LORD, we know you will protect the oppressed,
preserving them forever from this lying generation,
even though the wicked strut about,
and evil is praised throughout the land.
New Living Translation (NLT)

 

 

The Spirit of the Psalms: In The Lord I’ve Put My Trust (Psalm 11)

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.

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 11

In the Lord I’ve put my trust;
Why, my soul, to mountains flee?
Hills of safety from unrest,
Far from scorn and enmity;
Hiding places quiet and broad,
From the battles of the Lord.

O assist me here to stand,
Daily fervent to proclaim
To the lost around me here
All the wonders of Thy name,
Telling of Thy love to me,
Shrinking not from loyalty.

Though foundations be destroyed,
Men no longer care or know
Of divine and holy things,
Seeking all their good below;
Yet thy power, O Lord, can still
Stir the hearer at Thy will.

Therefrom from Thy temple, Lord,
Look upon our strivings here.
Try our hearts and make us now
More devoted and sincere;
Make us know we’re in Thy sight,
And supported by Thy might.
Evangelical Psalter
From ‘Psalms and Hymns of Reformed Worship’ Hymnbook.

I trust in the LORD for protection.
So why do you say to me,
“Fly like a bird to the mountains for safety!
The wicked are stringing their bows
and fitting their arrows on the bowstrings.
They shoot from the shadows
at those whose hearts are right.
The foundations of law and order have collapsed.
What can the righteous do?”
But the LORD is in his holy Temple;
the LORD still rules from heaven.
He watches everyone closely,
examining every person on earth.
The LORD examines both the righteous and the wicked.
He hates those who love violence.
He will rain down blazing coals and burning sulphur on the wicked,
punishing them with scorching winds.
For the righteous LORD loves justice.
The virtuous will see his face.
New Living Translation (NLT)

 

The Spirit of the Psalms: Lord When Evil Times Hold Sway (Psalm 10)

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.

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 10

Lord, when evil times hold sway,

Why dost Thou seem far away?
Why do malice, greed and pride,
Unrestrained by Thee abide?
Love of self and sin are rife;
Unbelief rules every life.

Grievous sinners feel secure,
Fraud and lies prevail with power;
In their heart is God denied,
All Thy precepts they deride.
Why, O Lord, is judgment stayed,
And They rod of power delayed?

Thou hast seen it, Lord, we know,
Thou art King of all below,
O, arise and lift Thy hand,
Move in power towards this land;
Break the mighty force of sin
Bring a day of blessing in.
Evangelical Psalter
From ‘Psalms and Hymns of Reformed Worship’ Hymnbook.

O LORD, why do you stand so far away?
Why do you hide when I am in trouble?
The wicked arrogantly hunt down the poor.
Let them be caught in the evil they plan for others.
For they brag about their evil desires;
they praise the greedy and curse the LORD.
The wicked are too proud to seek God.
They seem to think that God is dead.
Yet they succeed in everything they do.
They do not see your punishment awaiting them.
They sneer at all their enemies.
They think, “Nothing bad will ever happen to us!
We will be free of trouble forever!”
Their mouths are full of cursing, lies, and threats.
Trouble and evil are on the tips of their tongues.
They lurk in ambush in the villages,
waiting to murder innocent people.
They are always searching for helpless victims.
Like lions crouched in hiding,
they wait to pounce on the helpless.
Like hunters they capture the helpless
and drag them away in nets.
Their helpless victims are crushed;
they fall beneath the strength of the wicked.
The wicked think, “God isn’t watching us!
He has closed his eyes and won’t even see what we do!”
Arise, O LORD!
Punish the wicked, O God!
Do not ignore the helpless!
Why do the wicked get away with despising God?
They think, “God will never call us to account.”
But you see the trouble and grief they cause.
You take note of it and punish them.
The helpless put their trust in you.
You defend the orphans.
Break the arms of these wicked, evil people!
Go after them until the last one is destroyed.
The LORD is king forever and ever!
The godless nations will vanish from the land.
LORD, you know the hopes of the helpless.
Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them.
You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed,
so mere people can no longer terrify them.
New Living Translation (NLT)