I bought one for myself on my birthday!
There is something amazing about singing psalms – I can’t put words around it tonight. But it has changed our lives. Just like reading them in a monthly cycle has… We think differently.
And my husband sings! I sometimes come into a room and find him singing by himself! This is a new (and astounding) thing under the sun.
Of course we sing together, too.
Tonight we were trying to figure out the tune to Psalm 104 E. Hanover – it sounded so familiar! We tried Cyber Hymnal without success, and then Hymnary. And that’s when it twigged – Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim. Such a good hymn!
But tonight I noticed the history: “In the midst of these persecutions they published a pamphlet containing thirty-three pieces and entitled Hymns for Times of Trouble and Persecution, 1744. This hymn was first published in that pamphlet.”
This was a hymn to give courage in times of trouble. To strengthen weak knees. So we sang it. And the third verse, new to me, really caught my attention:
When devils engage, the billows arise,“The weakest believer is built on a rock” ….
And horribly rage, and threaten the skies:
Their fury shall never our steadfastness shock,
The weakest believer is built on a rock.
Yes! Built on The Rock! Jesus Christ our foundation.
… a rock of refuge. (Psalm 7:3)
The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity. (Deuteronomy 32:4)
He alone is MY ROCK and my salvation, my fortress. I shall not be greatly shaken. (Psalm 62:2)