One of the things at Banstead Community Church we’ve been trying to do more of is sing the Psalms.
This Sunday we are going to be singing Psalm 34.
One of the challenges of singing this psalm is its length. There are two versions in The Trinity Psalter Hymnal both having 7 verses. Sing Psalms has 13 verses, and Seedbed Psalter has 10 verses. The Book of Psalms for Worship divides the psalm up into 3 parts, with each having a different metre.
We could have chosen to sing a few verses of Psalm 34, with plenty well-known tunes that could be used. Instead, we’re going to sing a paraphrase, Through all the changing scenes of life.
Through all the changing scenes of life,
in trouble and in joy,
the praises of my God shall still
my heart and tongue employ.
Of his deliv’rance I will boast,
till all that are distressed
from my example comfort take,
and charm their griefs to rest.
Oh, magnify the Lord with me;
with me exalt his name;
when in distress to him I called,
he to my rescue came.
The hosts of God encamp around
the dwellings of the just;
deliv’rance he affords to all
who on his succour trust.
Oh, make but trial of his love,
experience will decide
how blest are they, and only they,
who in his truth confide.
Fear him, ye saints, and you will then
have nothing else to fear;
make you his service your delight,
your wants shall be his care.
From Praise! which can be sung to the tune for Come Thou Long Expected Jesus:
Tell His praise in song and story,
bless the Lord with heart and voice;
in my God is all my glory,
come before him and rejoice.
Join to praise his name together,
he who hears his people’s cry;
tell his praise, come wind or weather,
shining faces lifted high.
To the Lord whose love has found them
cry the poor in their distress;
swift his angels camped around them
prove him sure to save and bless.
God it is who hears our crying
though the spark of faith be dim;
taste and see! Beyond denying
blessed are those who trust in him.
Taste and see! In faith draw near him,
trust the Lord with all your powers;
seek and serve him, love and fear him,
life and all its joys are ours:
true delight in holy living,
peace and plenty, length of days;
come, my children, with thanksgiving
bless the Lord in songs of praise.
In our need he walks beside us,
ears alert to every cry;
watchful eyes to guard and guide us,
love that whispers ‘It is I’.
Good shall triumph, wrong be righted,
God has pledged his promised word;
so with ransomed saints united
join to praise our living Lord!
(Photo: David Beale)