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 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.
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)