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
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.
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)