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Singing in worship

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Over at Reformation21, some thoughts on public worship as it relates to our singing:

The New Testament data with regard to singing in the worship of the church is, to put it bluntly, sparse. On the one hand, it seems strange that an issue which excited so little attention in the early church should be the sphere of so many of the worship wars which have erupted in recent years. On the other, perhaps it is precisely because the instruction is sparse and simple that we feel we have a right or even a need to develop our own principles and practice. . . .

I hope that these few thoughts will at least stimulate us to consider once again and more carefully, the hows, whys and wherefores of our sung worship, lifting up heart and voice in the right way and for the right reason, glorifying God and doing good to men as we sing a new song to the Lord.

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Written by Jeremy Walker

Thursday 28 June 2012 at 09:25

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Psalm 27: “The Lord is my salvation sure”

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Seraph  D.C.M.

Psalm 27
The Lord is my salvation sure,
My light: whom shall I fear?
My strength of life: why tremble then
When God, my God, is near?
Though enemies should seek my life
And armies camp around,
My heart will cling to Christ alone,
In him my hope is found.

One thing I’ve wanted of the Lord,
One thing alone I’ve sought,
That I may dwell for all my days
Within his glorious court;
His beauty there I will behold,
Inquire before his face,
And in the time of trouble find
A holy hiding-place.

When he in triumph lifts my head,
A sacrifice of praise
My willing heart shall gladly give
In song through all my days.
You called in mercy, “Seek my face;”
My heart replied, “I will”:
You’ll not forsake when others fail,
But be my Father still.

Then lead me in your way, O Lord,
And make that pathway plain;
From enemies deliver me,
And let them rage in vain;
My feeble heart would quickly fail,
Unless I could believe
That in this life of toil and tears
Your goodness I’d receive.

This goodness and your beauty shine
In Christ your glorious Son,
Your faithfulness is known in him
By whom our heaven is won.
Wait on the Lord, then, do not faint;
With courage stand assured;
In Christ your heart shall be made strong:
In faith wait on the Lord!

©JRW


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Written by Jeremy Walker

Tuesday 17 August 2010 at 21:44

Psalm 16: “In you, O Lord, I put my trust”

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Rockingham  L.M.

Psalm 16
In you, O Lord, I put my trust;
Preserve me in my time of need,
I lie before you in the dust,
And have no goodness there to plead.

Among the saints on earth I reap
Pleasures exceeding all below;
This is the company I keep,
These are the truest friends I know.

Let others choose the stuff of earth,
And worship empty idol thrones;
My riches spring from heavenly birth,
Through Jesus who for sin atones.

I bless the Lord who counsel gives,
And in the darkness grants me light;
I stand near him who ever lives,
Secure and happy in his might.

My heart will therefore gladly sing,
Possessed of an eternal joy:
In life and death with Christ my King,
A bond that nothing can destroy.

You show your saints the path of life,
Great joy with you whom we adore;
An end to every grief and strife
At your right hand forevermore.

©JRW

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Written by Jeremy Walker

Wednesday 10 February 2010 at 08:41

Psalm 1: “How greatly favoured is the man”

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Beatitudo  C.M.

Psalm 1
How greatly favoured is the man
Who, by the grace of God,
Walks not in step with sinful men,
Nor treads the sinner’s road.

The seat of mockers holds no joy:
All wickedness is spurned
By them whose love is for the law,
Who righteousness have learned.

God’s precepts are their first delight,
His statutes are their joy,
And constantly his holy Word
Their thoughts and lips employ.

Thus fed by everflowing streams
The blessed ones take root,
And in their season, pruned and fed,
Each brings forth heavenly fruit.

No foul disease is in their leaf,
No famine do they know;
In meditating day and night
God’s saints forever grow.

The wicked cannot claim the same
For when the wind comes up
Like chaff they will be swept away:
They drink a bitter cup.

They cannot stand before the Lord
At judgement’s awful hour;
They will not stand among the saints
Who praise God’s saving power.

In all these things the Lord is just,
His knowledge is complete.
The righteous and the wicked both
Their proper end shall meet.

©JRW

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Written by Jeremy Walker

Tuesday 1 December 2009 at 10:02

Psalm 63: “O God, my Strength, the early hour”

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Wilton  L.M.

Psalm 63
O God, my Strength, the early hour
Of every day your praise shall claim.
My soul desires to taste your power,
And see the glory of your name.

Life’s glories fade beside your love,
My lips and hands shall give you praise;
Blessings poured out from stores above
Bring sweet abundance all my days.

I think upon you in the night,
Rest in the shadow of your wing:
You are my help, my soul’s delight,
And of your grace I gladly sing.

My soul will closely follow you;
Your hand upholds and comforts me.
My God shall bear me safely through,
I need not fear my enemy.

Soon shall be stopped the lying voice,
But I shall glory in your grace.
In God, my Strength, I shall rejoice,
All my delight to seek your face.

©JRW

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O God, my Strength, the early hour

Of every day your praise shall claim.

My soul desires to taste your power,

And see the glory of your name.

Life’s glories fade beside your love,

My lips and hands shall give you praise;

Blessings poured out from stores above

Bring sweet abundance all my days.

I think upon you in the night,

Rest in the shadow of your wing:

You are my help, my soul’s delight,
And of your grace I gladly sing.

My soul will closely follow you;

Your hand upholds and comforts me.

My God shall bear me safely through,

I need not fear my enemy.

Soon shall be stopped the lying voice,

But I shall glory in your grace.

In God, my Strength, I shall rejoice,

All my delight to seek your face.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Friday 14 August 2009 at 08:23

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Calvin’s perspective on piety promoted by the Psalms and psalmody

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Joel Beeke provides us with some valuable insights into Calvin’s approach to the Psalms here.  Said Calvin: “There is no other book in which we are more perfectly taught the right manner of praising God, or in which we are more powerfully stirred up to the performance of this exercise of piety.”

Written by Jeremy Walker

Saturday 23 August 2008 at 22:15

Psalm 107: “Oh give thanks to God our Saviour”

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Psalm 107
Oh give thanks to God our Saviour
For his mercy rich and free;
Sing his praise who find his favour,
Rescued from the enemy.
Every land gives up his chosen,
Gathered up from east and west;
North and south send forth his people,
Each redeemed and fully blessed.

Fainting souls without a city,
Thirst and hunger pierce each breast;
Sheep who need the Shepherd’s pity,
Weak and weary, needing rest.
When their cry goes up to heaven,
When they seek the God of grace,
He delivers them, and leads them
Forth to a blest dwelling place.

Lost souls sit in death’s cold shadow:
Chains, afflictions, bind them tight.
Once they scorned the Lord of glory,
Now they quake before his might.
When such souls cry out to Jesus
Darkness brightens, chains will break:
Death’s cold shadow holds no longer
Those redeemed for Jesus’ sake.

Fools, afflicted in transgression,
Soon arrive at death’s dark gate.
Bowed beneath guilt’s harsh oppression,
Hopeless, lost, for death they wait.
Seek the God who rules in heaven,
To the Lord your cries increase;
He will save from dire destruction,
Give souls healing, grant them peace.

Those who go upon the ocean
There behold God’s mighty hand.
When he raises storms and terrors,
Who before his power can stand?
Turn to Christ and plead his favour,
His word calms the mounting waves;
Find your refuge in the Saviour
Who from every terror saves.

See the increase of the righteous,
How God sets the poor on high!
Therefore bless him, sing his praises,
All his glories magnify.
Thank the Lord for all his goodness,
Poured upon us like a flood;
Understand his lovingkindness,
Ransoming by Jesus’ blood.

©JRW

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Written by Jeremy Walker

Friday 4 July 2008 at 20:35

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