The Music of the Psalms
I love when contemporary Christian artists put the words of a Psalm to music. Many of them were, after all, written as songs. Then when I am reading through a Psalm I can hear it sung in my head and the words of promise and praise rest more firmly in my heart. This happened the other day when I was reading the second half of Psalm 119 and I could hear Jeremy Camp singing Revive Me from his album Carried Me: The Worship Project. I decided I wanted to share it today. I hope it blesses your soul as much as it does mine.
Psalm 119 (NKJV) (with lyrics italicized)
153 Consider my affliction and deliver me,
For I do not forget Your law.
154 Plead my cause and redeem me;
Revive me according to Your word.
155 Salvation is far from the wicked
For they do not seek Your statutes.
156 Great are Your tender mercies, O Lord;
Revive me according to Your judgments.
157 Many are my persecutors and my enemies,
Yet I do not turn from Your testimonies.
158 I see the treacherous, and am disgusted,
Because they do not keep Your word.
159 Consider how I love Your precepts;
Revive me, O Lord, according to Your lovingkindness.
160 The entirety of Your word is truth,
And every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.
161 Princes persecute me without a cause,
But my heart stands in awe of Your word.
162 I rejoice at Your word
As one who finds great treasure.
163 I hate and abhor lying,
But I love Your law.
164 Seven times a day I praise You,
Because of Your righteous judgments.
165 Great peace have those who love Your law,
And nothing causes them to stumble.
166 Lord, I hope for Your salvation,
And I do Your commandments.
167 My soul keeps Your testimonies,
And I love them exceedingly.
168 I keep Your precepts and Your testimonies,
For all my ways are before You.
169 Let my cry come before You, O Lord;
Give me understanding according to Your word.
170 Let my supplication come before You;
Deliver me according to Your word
171 My lips shall utter praise,
For You teach me Your statutes.
172 My tongue shall speak of Your word,
For all Your commandments are righteousness.
173 Let Your hand become my help,
For I have chosen Your precepts.
174 I long for Your salvation, O Lord,
And Your law is my delight.
175 Let my soul live, and it shall praise You;
And let Your judgments help me.
176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep;
Seek Your servant,
For I do not forget Your commandments.
This is so beautiful, Linda . .thank you! I’m going to be singing it now too. Little Aub is listening as well. She’d just been singing her own made up praise song. We are blessed! God bless you and revive you daily, with His word.
Deb, Anything by Jeremy Camp is beautiful! I’m looking forward to listening to more music this year because I got speakers that plug into my computer at work so I can play my iPod while I work. His Word in song will revive me daily. 🙂 Peace, Linda
Thanks for sharing, Linda
“165 Great peace have those who love Your law,
And nothing causes them to stumble.”
This verse was first quoted to me about 20 years ago. If I recall correctly, they were spoken by a gentleman as an explanation of why he did not get defensive when his faith was questioned and his belief ridiculed. Oh that I would remember this when the darts come!
Ann, As I stood in the shower this morning, just minutes after this post was scheduled to go live, this song came on my iPod, which was on shuffle of my Christian playlist. I think God wanted me to remember that great peace comes from delighting in His Word. He is the only source of true peace in any circumstances. Happy New Year, Linda