The Spirit of the Psalms: Whom Should We Love Like Thee (Psalm 18)

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 18

Whom should we love like Thee,
Our God, our Guide, our King,
The tower to which we flee,
The rock to which we cling?
O for a worthy tongue to show
The countless mercies that we owe.

The storm upon us fell,
The floods around us rose;
The depths of death and hell
Seemed on our souls to close;
To God we cried in strong despair,
He heard, and came to help our prayer.

He came, the King of Kings,
He cleaved the darkened sky;
And on the tempest’s wings
Rode glorious down from high;
The earth before her Maker shook,
The mountains quaked at His rebuke.

Above the storm He stood,
And awed it to repose;
He drew us from the flood,
And scattered all our foes;
He set us in a spacious place,
And there upholds us by His grace.

Whom should we love like Thee,
Our God, our Guide, our King,
The tower to which we flee,
The rock to which we cling?
O for a worthy tongue to show
The countless mercies that we owe.
Henry Francis Lyte 1793-1847
From ‘Psalms and Hymns of Reformed Worship’ Hymnbook.

I love you, LORD;
you are my strength.
The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my saviour;
my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.
He is my shield, the power that saves me,
and my place of safety.
I called on the LORD, who is worthy of praise,
and he saved me from my enemies.
The ropes of death entangled me;
floods of destruction swept over me.
The grave. wrapped its ropes around me;
death laid a trap in my path.
But in my distress I cried out to the LORD;
yes, I prayed to my God for help.
He heard me from his sanctuary;
my cry to him reached his ears.
Then the earth quaked and trembled.
The foundations of the mountains shook;
they quaked because of his anger.
Smoke poured from his nostrils;
fierce flames leaped from his mouth.
Glowing coals blazed forth from him.
He opened the heavens and came down;
dark storm clouds were beneath his feet.
Mounted on a mighty angelic being, he flew,
soaring on the wings of the wind.
He shrouded himself in darkness,
veiling his approach with dark rain clouds.
Thick clouds shielded the brightness around him
and rained down hail and burning coals.c
The LORD thundered from heaven;
the voice of the Most High resounded
amid the hail and burning coals.
He shot his arrows and scattered his enemies;
his lightning flashed, and they were greatly confused.
Then at your command, O LORD,
at the blast of your breath,
the bottom of the sea could be seen,
and the foundations of the earth were laid bare.
He reached down from heaven and rescued me;
he drew me out of deep waters.
He rescued me from my powerful enemies,
from those who hated me and were too strong for me.
They attacked me at a moment when I was in distress,
but the LORD supported me.
He led me to a place of safety;
he rescued me because he delights in me.
The LORD rewarded me for doing right;
he restored me because of my innocence.
For I have kept the ways of the LORD;
I have not turned from my God to follow evil.
I have followed all his regulations;
I have never abandoned his decrees.
I am blameless before God;
I have kept myself from sin.
The LORD rewarded me for doing right.
He has seen my innocence.
To the faithful you show yourself faithful;
to those with integrity you show integrity.
To the pure you show yourself pure,
but to the wicked you show yourself hostile.
You rescue the humble,
but you humiliate the proud.
You light a lamp for me.
The LORD, my God, lights up my darkness.
In your strength I can crush an army;
with my God I can scale any wall.
God’s way is perfect.
All the LORD’s promises prove true.
He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.
For who is God except the LORD?
Who but our God is a solid rock?
God arms me with strength,
and he makes my way perfect.
He makes me as surefooted as a deer,
enabling me to stand on mountain heights.
He trains my hands for battle;
he strengthens my arm to draw a bronze bow.
You have given me your shield of victory.
Your right hand supports me;
your help has made me great.
You have made a wide path for my feet
to keep them from slipping.
I chased my enemies and caught them;
I did not stop until they were conquered.
I struck them down so they could not get up;
they fell beneath my feet.
You have armed me with strength for the battle;
you have subdued my enemies under my feet.
You placed my foot on their necks.
I have destroyed all who hated me.
They called for help, but no one came to their rescue.
They even cried to the LORD, but he refused to answer.
I ground them as fine as dust in the wind.
I swept them into the gutter like dirt.
You gave me victory over my accusers.
You appointed me ruler over nations;
people I don’t even know now serve me.
As soon as they hear of me, they submit;
foreign nations cringe before me.
They all lose their courage
and come trembling from their strongholds.
The LORD lives! Praise to my Rock!
May the God of my salvation be exalted!
He is the God who pays back those who harm me;
he subdues the nations under me
and rescues me from my enemies.
You hold me safe beyond the reach of my enemies;
you save me from violent opponents.
For this, O LORD, I will praise you among the nations;
I will sing praises to your name.
You give great victories to your king;
you show unfailing love to your anointed,
to David and all his descendants forever.
New Living Translation (NLT)

The Spirit of the Psalms: What Sinners Value I Resign (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 2

What sinners value, I resign:
Lord, ’tis enough that Thou are mine;
I shall behold Thy blissful face,
And stand complete in righteousness.

Life is a dream, an empty show;
But that bright world to which I go
Has joys substantial and sincere;
When shall wake in wonder there?

O glorious hour! O blest abode!
I shall be near and like my God;
And flesh and sin no more control
The sacred pleasures of my soul.

My flesh shall slumber in the ground,
Till the last trumpet’s joyful sound,
Then burst its chains with sweet surprise,
And in my Saviour’s image rise.
Isaac Watts 1674-1748
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: 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)

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)