Singing though the Psalms

Singing through the Psalms Introduction

Every week, Sunday Morning Worship begins with music. Youth Group later on that night includes the Youth Praise Band. Vacation Bible School, Children’s Church, Sunday School and Holiday Services all include music. Sometimes it’s a dozen, sometimes several hundred voices, all joining together to sing praises to the Living God through Music. Praise music is such an important part of the Christian life, and rightfully so.

As I’ve been reading through my Bible this year, singing is clearly an evident part of the life of early believers. Don’t believe me? Open up your Bible. Most likely, you opened to Psalms, a collection 150 praise songs, written by men who were head over heals in love with the living God, men like King David, Solomon, Asaph, and Ethan.

So, every day for the next few weeks, I will be posting a praise song from thousands of years ago, one from a few hundred years ago, and a modern one.

My prayer is that the words of these songs will touch your heart, and that the objective of the composers of these songs will become apparent. Because during the past centuries, it hasn’t changed.

Psalm 98
1 Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done marvelous things;
4 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth,
burst into jubilant song with music;
5 make music to the LORD with the harp,
with the harp and the sound of singing,
6 with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn—
shout for joy before the LORD, the King.

Hymn
Composer: E. O. Excell. Born in Stark County, Ohio, on December 13, 1851.

Verse 1
When upon life’s billows You are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged Thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings Name them one by one,
And it will surprise you What the Lord hath done.
Chorus:
Count your blessings Name them one by one.
Count your blessings See what God hath done.
Count your blessings Name them one by one.
Count your many blessings See what God hath done.
Verse 2
Are you ever burdened With a load of care,
Does the cross seem heavy You are called to bear.
Count your many blessings Every doubt will fly,
And you will be singing As the days go by.
Verse 3
When you look at others With their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised You His wealth untold.
Count your many blessings Money cannot buy,
Your reward in heaven Nor your home on high.
Verse 4
So amid the conflict Whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged God is over all.
Count your many blessings Angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you To your journey’s end.

Song
Jeff Johnson: Beauty of the Cross
Album: Amazed

At the cross I find the beauty of the your matchless grace
At the cross I see a King who died to take my place
Its the moment that you made me clean and pardoned my soul
Amazing grace that I would be alive unto Your throne

Not by my own will but solely by Your will alone
I’m unworthy of this love you are showing to me
I see my desperate need
The beauty of the cross is that there’s one who has redeemed my soul
The beauty of the cross is that I’m finally free and letting go
The beauty of the cross is that Your grace has found me just as I am

Verse 2:
Not by my own words that I may boast or I may come
But simply through your Son the sinless and Exalted One
Only through the cross am I made clean to draw near to you
Saved so that you would receive all glory due Your name
Everlasting God from age to age you never change
A true love story remains for all eternity
That all the world would see

My sinful soul could only be
redeemed by the blood of a sinless King
So you came to the world that You had made
Conquered sin on the cross and you rose from the grave

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