Alongside exploring songs that interact with each of the commandments (or trying to), and songs that celebrate Christ’s fulfilling of the law, we are also singing, reading, and praying our way through the longest chapter in the whole bible – Psalm 119. Psalm 119 celebrates the word of God as given in the torah. It celebrates and explores the Word of God using each letter of the hebrew alphabet in an elaborate acrostic. It is filled with 176 verses extolling the blessedness and joy of the one who walks in the way of the Lord. I’m pretty excited that our people will be able to say they’ve prayed through the whole chapter in corporate worship!
Here are a few gems that most of us know from Psalm 119. We are using a few of these as responses to scripture reading.
v.9 – How can those who are young keep their way pure? By living according to your word.
v.11 – I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
v.89 – Your word, LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.
v.97 – Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.
v.105 – Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
Psalm 19 (The Heavens Declare) – Bruce Benedict
The Lord is Our Light – Taize
Let us Love, and Sing, and Wonder – Newton/RuF arr.
The Love of Christ is Rich and Free – RUF Arr.
Love Constraining to Obedience – RUF Arr.
Open Thou Mine Eyes – BiFrost Arr.
Commandment Related Songs:
1. Praise to the Lord
2. Give us Clean Hands
3. Be Unto His Name/At the Name of Jesus
3. None Other Lamb, None Other Name
4. O Day of Rest and Gladness/ Jesus I am Resting, Resting
4. Come Unto Me Ye Weary/ The King of Love My Shepherd Is
5. This is Our Fathers World/Father, Long Before Creation
HERE is a PDF of Psalm 119 from the 1912 Psalter. We’ll be using familiar tunes and writing a few new ones I’m sure as we move through the series.
Scotty Smith – A Prayer about Loving God’s Law because of the Gospel
We’ll also be using various pieces from the new Psalms for All Seasons
Calvin also provides some resources for singing the law. We might not get to it this time but here is a link to the version from the Trinity and Psalter Hymnal.