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 45.
What options are available?
The Book of Psalms for Worship has a version with 8 verses; Seedbed Psalter has 11 verses; Sing Psalms has 16 verses or 7 verses versions; and The Trinity Psalter Hymnal has two versions, one with 8 verses, the other 5 verses. We decided to go for the version by Matt Searles.
From Matt Searles which can be sung to the tune for I Vow to Thee, My Country / O God beyond all praising:
O King, you are most worthy, of men you are the best
Your words are true and gracious, you are forever blessed
Take up your sword in splendour, ride forth in majesty
For justice and mercy and true humility
Your arrows pierce your enemies, you march across the land
The peoples and the nations against you cannot stand
Your throne will last forever, with justice you shall reign
You love all that is righteous and hate all evil gain
So God has richly blessed you with joy abundantly
Your robes are all fragrant, your courts are ivory
There princesses attend you, sweet music from of old
Your future queen awaits you arrayed in finest gold
O bride forsake all others, don’t give your love abroad
The king desires your beauty; so honour him your Lord
The gown he gives is glorious, the threads are twined with gold
In shimmering colours the envy of the world
A joyful crowd is with her, with gladness now they sing
And finally she enters the palace of the king
This king will reign forever, his sons upon the earth
And ev’ry generation will tell of his great worth
All nations will soon praise him and fall down at his feet
His kingdom established, where truth and mercy meet
O Jesus we adore you, our lover and our king
Your church, your bride is waiting and so to you we sing
(Photo: David Beale)