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, 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)