The Spirit of the Psalms: Hear O My Lord Regard My Cry (Psalm 17)

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 17 Version 1

Hear, O my Lord, regard my cry,
My prayer from lips sincere;
Send Thine approval from on high,
To make my standing clear;
And, greatly as my heart is tried,
O may I not have turned aside.

Lord, I resolve with firm desire
No wrong to speak or do;
Thy path alone I choose for mine, To walk with purpose true;
I cry for help, O Lord, to Thee, Assured that Thou wilt answer me.

O keep me, Lord, may I be found
The apple of Thine eye;
With deadly foes arrayed around
To Thee alone I cry;
My only trust and refuge be;
Ang let Thy wings o’ershadow me.

Guard me from those whose joy and pride
And portion is below;
Who, with life’s treasures satisfied,
No better purpose know;
Who, with earth’s stores of wealth content,
Must leave them all when life is spent.

When clothed in righteousness at last,
Thy glorious face I see,
When all this weary night is past,
And I awake with Thee
To view the glories that abide,
Then how I shall be satisfied!
The Psalter 1912
From ‘Psalms and Hymns of Reformed Worship’ Hymnbook.

O LORD, hear my plea for justice.
Listen to my cry for help.
Pay attention to my prayer,
for it comes from honest lips.
Declare me innocent,
for you see those who do right.
You have tested my thoughts and examined my heart in the night.
You have scrutinised me and found nothing wrong.
I am determined not to sin in what I say.
I have followed your commands,
which keep me from following cruel and evil people.
My steps have stayed on your path;
I have not wavered from following you.
I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God.
Bend down and listen as I pray.
Show me your unfailing love in wonderful ways.
By your mighty power you rescue
those who seek refuge from their enemies.
Guard me as you would guard your own eyes.a
Hide me in the shadow of your wings.
Protect me from wicked people who attack me,
from murderous enemies who surround me.
They are without pity.
Listen to their boasting!
They track me down and surround me,
watching for the chance to throw me to the ground.
They are like hungry lions, eager to tear me apart—
like young lions hiding in ambush.
Arise, O LORD!
Stand against them, and bring them to their knees!
Rescue me from the wicked with your sword!
By the power of your hand, O LORD,
destroy those who look to this world for their reward.
But satisfy the hunger of your treasured ones.
May their children have plenty,
leaving an inheritance for their descendants.
Because I am righteous, I will see you.
When I awake, I will see you face to face and be satisfied.
New Living Translation (NLT)

The Spirit of the Psalms: Preserve Me Lord In Time Of Need (Psalm 16)

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 16

Preserve me, Lord, in time of need;
In Thee alone is all my trust;
No merits of my own I plead,
Only the righteousness of Christ.

Oft have my heart and tongue confessed
How empty and how poor I am;
My praise can never make Thee blessed,
Nor add new glories to Thy name.

But from the saints on earth I reap
Pleasures exceeding all below;
Such is the company I keep,
These are the choicest friends I know.

Though once I chose the sons of earth, Pleasures of flesh and sense were mine,
Now I love those of heavenly birth,
Whose thoughts and language are divine.
My Lord remains before mine eyes;
At my right hand He stands prepared
To keep my soul from all surprise,
My sure and everlasting Guard.
Isaac Watts 1674-1748
From ‘Psalms and Hymns of Reformed Worship’ Hymnbook.

Keep me safe, O God,
for I have come to you for refuge.
I said to the LORD, “You are my Master!
Every good thing I have comes from you.”
The godly people in the land
are my true heroes!
I take pleasure in them!
Troubles multiply for those who chase after other gods.
I will not take part in their sacrifices of blood
or even speak the names of their gods.
LORD, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing.
You guard all that is mine.
The land you have given me is a pleasant land.
What a wonderful inheritance!
I will bless the LORD who guides me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
I know the LORD is always with me.
I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice.
My body rests in safety.
For you will not leave my soul among the dead
or allow your holy one to rot in the grave.
You will show me the way of life,
granting me the joy of your presence
and the pleasures of living with you forever.
New Living Translation (NLT)

The Spirit of the Psalms: Lord Jesus Near To Thee I’d Be (Psalm 15)

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 15

Lord Jesus, near to Thee I’d be
In fellowship and love,
A faithful servant close to Thee,
An heir of things above.

O make me kindly and sincere,
No evil in my mouth,
That none may hurtful slanders hear,
But only grace and truth.

O guide my loyalties, that I
Shall love the friends of God,
And form no servile, hurtful tie
With haters of the Word.

In all my paths may I disown
Self interest, love or gain;
May all I do for Thee be done
Not heeding loss or pain.

Such graces flow from Thee high,
O work them all in me,
And draw me closer still, that I
Be never moved from Thee.
Evangelical Psalter
From ‘Psalms and Hymns or Reformed Worship’ Hymnbook.

Who may worship in your sanctuary, LORD?
Who may enter your presence on your holy hill?
Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right,
speaking the truth from sincere hearts.
Those who refuse to gossip
or harm their neighbours
or speak evil of their friends.
Those who despise flagrant sinners,
and honour the faithful followers of the LORD,
and keep their promises even when it hurts.
Those who lend money without charging interest,
and who cannot be bribed to lie about the innocent.
Such people will stand firm forever.
New Living Translation (NLT)

The Spirit of the Psalms: This Race Is Such Corruption (Psalm 14)

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 14

This race is such corruption,
Is steeped in evil deeds,
Its every aspiration
Tainted with selfish greed!

Not one among us pleases
The eye of God above;
No thirsting seeker reaches
To understand His love.

Such foolish pride, in blindness,
Spurns God, the sovereign Lord;
Despises all His kindness,
And scorns His gracious Word.

Let fall Thy rod of terror,
Then saving grace impart;
Roll back the veil of error,
Release the fettered heart.

O that the Lord’s salvation
Were out of Zion come;
To save and heal our nation,
And lead lost sinners home.

And we shall give the glory
In gladness, Lord, to Thee,
And praise Thee for the story
Of captive souls set free.
Evangelical Psalter
From ‘Psalms and Hymns of Reformed Worship’ Hymnbook.

Only fools say in their hearts,
“There is no God.”
They are corrupt, and their actions are evil;
not one of them does good!
The LORD looks down from heaven
on the entire human race;
he looks to see if anyone is truly wise,
if anyone seeks God.
But no, all have turned away;
all have become corrupt.a
No one does good,
not a single one!
Will those who do evil never learn?
They eat up my people like bread
and wouldn’t think of praying to the LORD.
Terror will grip them,
for God is with those who obey him.
The wicked frustrate the plans of the oppressed,
but the LORD will protect his people.
Who will come from Mount Zion to rescue Israel?
When the LORD restores his people,
Jacob will shout with joy, and Israel will rejoice.
New Living Translation (NLT)

The Spirit of the Psalms: How Long Wilt Thou Conceal Thy Face? (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 2

How long wilt Thou conceal Thy face?
My God, how long delay?
When shall I feel those heavenly rays
That chase my fears away?

See how the prince of darkness tries
All his malicious arts;
He spreads a mist around my eyes,
And throws his fiery darts.

How would the tempter boast aloud
If I became his prey!
And how the sons of earth grow proud
At Thy long so delay.

But hell shall fly at Thy rebuke,
And Satan hide his head;
He knows the terrors of Thy look,
And hears Thy voice with dread.

Thou wilt display that sovereign grace
Where all my hopes have hung;
I shall employ my heart in praise, And victory shall be sung.
Isaac Watts 1674-1748.
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)