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 40.
What options are available?
8 verses in The Book of Psalms for Worship split into two parts, but sung to a terrible metre for familiar tunes. 14 verses in Sing Psalms to Long Metre. 10 verses in The Trinity Psalter Hymnal to the CMD metre. 16 verses in Seedbed Psalter to Common Metre.
We’ve opted for the first 4 of the 16 verses in the Seedbed Psalter (covering Psalm 40:1-4). Less satisfactory is the five verse version in Praise! which is to 88 88 D metre.
From Seedbed Psalter which can be sung to the tune for O for a Heart to Praise my God:
I waited for the LORD my God,
I waited patiently;
And He in mercy heard my cry;
inclined His ear to me.
He brought me up out of the pit,
out from the miry clay;
He set my feet upon a rock,
there firm to stand and stay.
He put a new song in my mouth,
God’s praise for all to hear;
And many then will trust the LORD
who see and learn to fear.
How bless’d the one who trusts the LORD,
who looks not to the proud;
Nor to the ones who turn aside
to false gods all around.
From Praise! which can be sung to the tune for In Christ Alone or Before the Throne of God above:
Patient in hope, I sought the LORD;
he turned to me-my cry was heard!
Raising me from the miry pit,
on solid rock he set my feet.
He turned my cry to newborn song:
from heart and voice God’s praises sprang;
many who see such grace outpoured,
fearing, will turn and trust the Lord.
Happy are those who put their trust
in God the Lord—not like the lost,
following leaders blind and proud,
worshipping some pretended god.
How many wonders you have done,
what blessings still for us you plan,
O Lord-my God beyond compare!-
mercies too many to declare.
You have desired not sacrifice
but open ears to obey your voice;
‘I come,’ I answered, ‘at your call,
as written of me in the scroll.
I come your purpose to fulfil,
glad, O my God, to do your will;
joyful obedience is my part:
your law is written in my heart.’
Now have your gathered people heard
news of your righteousness, O Lord;
I have not failed to tell them of
your saving acts and steadfast love.
LORD, do not hold your mercies back:
so many storm clouds round me break;
my countless faults come crowding in,
my heart is overwhelmed by sin.
Be pleased, O Lord, to rescue me
from all who seek my life today;
let all who laugh at my distress
be put to flight in sheer disgrace.
May all whose hope on you is set
constantly say: ‘The Lord is great!’
Poor and in need, to you I pray;
hear, O my God, do not delay.
(Photo: David Beale)