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Psalm 54 – Save Me O God

This Psalm is a prayer for salvation and a cry for help. Here is a deep longing for deliverance from our enemies, oppressors seeking after our soul, strangers rising up against us. We don’t forget that God is our helper and He is with us and our brethren in our struggles so we comfort each other in faith. Later the song tells of our God rewarding evil to our enemies and cutting them off like wicked thorns with His truth. The psalmist continues to praise God’s name and tells of being delivered  out of all these troubles. Our God has His desire upon our enemies. At the appointed time, they shall all be removed from our sight. So Christian, endure these times of trouble and persecution, it will not be for long…Praise the Lord!

Psalm 54

play Psalm 54 ~ “Save Me O God”

@Sound Check> A newer recording is what you have here (May 05, 2014) however the song actually came to life in December of 2012. I cant believe it was that long ago as the song is ever so new to me and affects me as it did since the first day. I really enjoyed changing voices in a few older versions and tried to sound like some folk singer, but the way the message stands out from the melody itself amazes me and makes me realize this song is a deep heartfelt shout for redemption, such a longing for God’s mighty hand to pull one out of a deep pit where most of us have been, truly a song close to heart. I hope you enjoy this one.

 

 

The Mighty God – Psalm 50:1-6

Honor God for He is Great and Awesome! this song will herald God’s coming in the last days. Truly a wonderful blessing of a psalm, I cant explain the glorious upliftment I get from the words of this song every time I hear it, let alone sing it. Listen for yourself…

Psalm 501-6

 play Psalm 50:1-6 ~ “The Mighty God”

@Sound Check> This is a newer recording this year. I know I have an older version somewhere but the song didn’t change much since it came to life. I posted, a while back, a version that had a mistake as I sang it and while I was reviewing it, noticed it immediately, so I posted this one without hesitation. I enjoy playing these songs all the time.

Psalm 46:1~5 – God is our Refuge and Strength (There is a River)

Song of the times. This psalm comes a long way since David’s time but even today, the words are very much felt by people all over the world, those that have been in distress upon earthquakes and rushing waters from floods and storms and other disasters. In the midst of it all though, there is a river that flows whose streams make glad God’s city, the holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High. God is in the midst of this city, we shall not be moved and He will help us better than right away – the words are “right early”. Think about that. That’s the God we serve.

Psalm 46

 play- Psalm 46:1~5 – “God is our Refuge and Strength (There is a River)”

@Sound Check> The first few recordings of the psalm was done around September of 2012. A lot of versions were made since, this is one of the first few songs that I was playing and recording. All of the older versions had lyrics taken from another bible version and their melody just died after days of trials. The one above was recorded recently Nov. 23, 2013, probably the only remaining record of the KJversion sound. I cant find the first original recording of this version anymore. 

Psalm 48 – Great is the Lord

This song is one of my choice songs as it reveals God’s power and might and it tells a story of how God deals with the world in His greatness and how His loving kindness is remembered by His people who trust in His right hand which is full of righteousness. We are glad and we shall rejoice because of His judgments. Who can be against us when the Lord of Hosts is with us. Great is the Lord, He is greatly to be praised.

 Psalm 48

 play – Psalm 48 ~ “Great is The Lord”

@Sound Check> The first recording of the song was done Nov 11, 2012. Nothing changed in the style since. However, the song is yet an incomplete rendering of the whole chapter as it doesn’t cover the last 3 verses. God is in charge of its completion so Im waiting on Him for it. This is the first song yours truly sang in public last December 2013 in front of our church folk as I sang it with my son Craig, I prayed that it touched the people who heard it.  Praise your holy name dear Lord God.

A Choir for the Lord – Ministering Grace to the hearers

One can read through the Bible and easily miss this part of David’s preparation of the choir for God’s temple. But while reading God’s message on the 12th day of May this year – I Chronicles chapter 25, I find that there is a profound learning behind the mere appointment of Asaph, Heman and Jeduthun.

1 Chronicles 25:1~7;

1 Moreover David and the captains of the host separated to the service of the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who should prophesy with harps, with psalteries, and with cymbals: and the number of the workmen according to their service was:

2 Of the sons of Asaph; Zaccur, and Joseph, and Nethaniah, and Asarelah, the sons of Asaph under the hands of Asaph, which prophesied according to the order of the king.

3 Of Jeduthun: the sons of Jeduthun; Gedaliah, and Zeri, and Jeshaiah, Hashabiah, and Mattithiah, six, under the hands of their father Jeduthun, who prophesied with a harp, to give thanks and to praise the LORD.

4 Of Heman: the sons of Heman; Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel, and Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, and Romamtiezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, [and] Mahazioth:

5 All these [were] the sons of Heman the king’s seer in the words of God, to lift up the horn. And God gave to Heman fourteen sons and three daughters.

6 All these [were] under the hands of their father for song [in] the house of the LORD, with cymbals, psalteries, and harps, for the service of the house of God, according to the king’s order to Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman.

7 So the number of them, with their brethren that were instructed in the songs of the LORD, [even] all that were cunning, was two hundred fourscore and eight.

To begin understanding, let me share with you what the names of these three men mean in the Hebrew translation.

  • Asaph – Collector
  • Heman – Faithful
  • Jeduthun – Laudatory (applicable to Praise, Bemoaning, Thanksgiving)

Together, they can be joined to form, in my understanding, their description of God’s purpose for them: “Collection of Faithful Singers”

Quite a clue there, but the Word of God shows more. Verse 1 of this chapter shows that these three shall “prophesy with harps, with psalteries, and with cymbals”.

In the first verse, the phrase ‘to prophesy’ uses the Greek word ‘naba’ to mean – ‘speak with inspiration’, applicable in this case is for these men to sing with inspiration and with instruments – harps, psalteries, and cymbals!

How wonderful our God is. He has provided us with a lot of ways which we can serve Him. Singing songs and playing instruments for Him, prophecy came from men like these appointed for the service together with the priests (who were normally assigned with trumpets! see 1 Chronicles 15:24; 16:6).

Each of these 3 men were described a ‘seer’ in separate passages. To be a seer means a beholder in vision, a prophet.

Asaph in verse 1 prophesied according to the order of the king. His name is on the following Psalms – 50, 73,74,75 until the 83rd, a total of 12 Psalms. He received the psalm from David on 1 Chronicles 16:7~36. This was the time when David brought the ark of the covenant into the tent he himself pitched for it after he conquered Jerusalem. The verses from 7th till the 22nd is found identical to the Psalm 105:1~15.

1 Chronicles 16:7~36 says:

7 Then on that day David delivered first [this psalm] to thank the LORD into the hand of Asaph and his brethren.

8 Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.

9 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works.

10 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.

11 Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.

12 Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;

13 O ye seed of Israel his servant, ye children of Jacob, his chosen ones.

14 He [is] the LORD our God; his judgments [are] in all the earth.

15 Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word [which] he commanded to a thousand generations;

16 [Even of the covenant] which he made with Abraham, and of his oath unto Isaac;

17 And hath confirmed the same to Jacob for a law, [and] to Israel [for] an everlasting covenant,

18 Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance;

19 When ye were but few, even a few, and strangers in it.

20 And [when] they went from nation to nation, and from [one] kingdom to another people;

21 He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes,

22 [Saying], Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.

23 Sing unto the LORD, all the earth; shew forth from day to day his salvation.

24 Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvellous works among all nations.

25 For great [is] the LORD, and greatly to be praised: he also [is] to be feared above all gods.

26 For all the gods of the people [are] idols: but the LORD made the heavens.

27 Glory and honour [are] in his presence; strength and gladness [are] in his place.

28 Give unto the LORD, ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength.

29 Give unto the LORD the glory [due] unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

30 Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved.

31 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let [men] say among the nations, The LORD reigneth.

32 Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof: let the fields rejoice, and all that [is] therein.

33 Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the LORD, because he cometh to judge the earth.

34 O give thanks unto the LORD; for [he is] good; for his mercy [endureth] for ever.

35 And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, [and] glory in thy praise.

36 Blessed [be] the LORD God of Israel for ever and ever. And all the people said, Amen, and praised the LORD.

37 So he left there before the ark of the covenant of the LORD Asaph and his brethren, to minister before the ark continually, as every day’s work required:

Jeduthun prophesied with the harp to give thanks and to praise the Lord. He is labelled as ‘chief musician’ in the psalms of David – Psalm 39, 62 and 77 (the latter psalm being Asaph’s words or ‘prophecy’).

His 5 sons were named and mentioned to have prophesied. His sons also took duty as ‘porters’ or gatekeepers of the temple.

Heman was said to be “the king’s seer in the words of God to lift up the horn” (1 Chronicles 25:5). I would think he was well versed in the Word and I can only conclude his wisdom from that note as he was compared to King Solomon in 1Kings 4:31. It was also specifically stated that God gave him 14 sons and 3 daughters in verse 4.  God’s favor was definitely upon Heman and his household.

I can only see of one psalm with Heman’s name on it – Psalm 88 and it was for the sons of Korah. but the sons of Korah had their names on a lot of psalms mostly attributed to an unknown chief musician the lyrical style of which are familiar among the songs and that of Psalm 88.

Asaph and Heman were also singers according to 1Chronicles 15:19:

So the singers, Heman, Asaph, and Ethan, [were appointed] to sound with cymbals of brass;

All three seemed to be attributed to playing or handling harps, cymbals and psalteries. So they’re singing prophetic songs while playing instruments to complete the music. This is true service in Praise and Worship. Its not coming from earthly sources, its coming from the Lord himself.

Im convinced that the gift of songs (and others related to our vocal capacity) is given by the Lord for a purpose and this can be found in 1 Corinthians 14:26 –

How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.

Recall a few verses before that on verse 15 –

I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater [is] he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.

Even during the time of David in the OT, they practiced through the singing of psalms this edifying or the building up of the body of Christ.

I love this verse from Ephesians, chapter 4 verse 29:

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

Praise God for the gift of music and this ability to make sounds. Let us not do it in vain but instead for it to minister grace unto the hearers.

Our prayer- Lord God, is for you to have your way with your Word and touch us and move us with it, encourage us and build us up as we hear your words in psalms and hymns and edifying songs. Praise your holy Name dear God our Father in Jesus Christ’s name we pray, Amen.

Psalm 150 – Praise Ye The Lord!

This is the last psalm in the Bible. Its one of the shortest but it teaches us a very profound lesson about the various ways of praising the Lord our God. The first mentioned is giving praise to God in His Sanctuary. The words sanctuary, temple and house and body are often times interchangeable in scripture.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says~

19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s

In this case, ‘praise Him in HIS sanctuary’,  means, yes, praise Him with your body!

When in Christ, we no longer live by our own but in Christ who lives in us!

see Galatians 2:20~

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

God’s will and purpose for you is to serve Him and give Him glory in all you do, use your body to glorify Him and give Him praise!

The psalm says ‘praise Him in the firmament of His Power’ – I’m thinking: ‘the Heavens’, lets praise Him in the Heavens and pray for His Kingdom to come and destroy the works of the enemy in our lives and in this world.

Then its says “praise Him for His mighty acts …according to His excellent greatness”. You see, all glory belongs only to our God and to Him alone because He’s the only one able to give life, He is our Great and Awesome God, He’s never surprised about anything. His ‘excellent greatness’ is everywhere – look at the world around you, the mountains, nature and the creation, the seas and the celestial expanse, and much more…your very breath and life! He wants to give us better things than these, a better world in Eternal Life with Him. If only we’d love Him more than His gifts.

The  rest of the psalm tells of other ways to praise Him (which seem mostly musical, but definitely have a hidden wisdom there too) – for we all have our unique individual styles like instruments in an orchestra. Whatever ministry you are in, whatever talent you have, whatever thing you are good at, praise God with it as it is His will and purpose for you to praise Him, worship Him and glorify Him with that gift.

 

Psalm 150

play – Mar 16 Psalm 150 – Praise Him

@Sound Check> Here’s a quick take I made today. The earliest one made back in October 27, 2012 had a detail I couldn’t fix at this point. Psalms and any other word of scripture need to be as accurate as possible to the Word of God, its no joke to mess around with God’s Word. I pray we don’t make that mistake. Grant us wisdom and discernment, O God. In Jesus Christ’s name,  Amen.

Psalm 47 – O Clap your hands

Sing Ye praises with understanding! Here is a psalm which describes God’s coming and its pretty accurate with the accounts of other books written in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. So wonderful it inspires the reader of the glory of the coming of the Lord and the wondrous promises and great hope we have in Him. Great promises are in store for the ones He called for Himself, His own people. The shields of the earth belongs to Him, so who can be against us who are called His children, who can withstand God? This could very well be the victory song we’ll all sing in the end of days.

The psalm was for the ‘sons of Korah’, which reminds me of the same children the Korahites who lead the singing and the praising during King Jehoshaphat’s reign (see 2 Chronicles 20). This is when the king called for the dramatic ‘gathering’ of all the people (in Judah) to pray together for the Lord’s protection against three enemies that were attacking them. At this point, King Jehoshaphat humbled himself and lead his people, seeking God and taking that stand to raise arms not for war, but for praising and worshiping the Lord and claiming the promises God made to their father Abraham. Indeed God was faithful to His word and ‘cleaned up’ the enemy not by the might of Judah’s army but by His power which ended up with the enemies ambushing and slaughtering each other in a form of a ‘divine confusion’ (which is common in the Old testament record where God shows His Glory to His people and the heathen). Later, when the people searched for their enemies, what they saw in front of them was a scene of dead bodies and 3 days worth of treasures left for them to plunder! What a gift! This is the God we serve, if only we remain true to Him and worship Him in spirit and in truth. Obedience is the basic form of worship. Praise the Lord God, Great and Awesome, the Lord of Hosts!

Psalm 47

click on this link – November 2013 Family version – “O Clap your Hands”

play – Sept 30 Psalm 47 orig

@ Sound Check> The latest recording was done in November 2013, in one of our family prayer meetings, truly sweet sounding song with an acoustic guitar. The September 30th recording is the first unrehearsed-recorded version of the psalm and its a whole chapter if you noticed. Truly a wonderful take, I don’t know where that second voice-sounding tone came from, its a bit of an ‘odd’ harmonic that I could never replicate after tuning my guitar a few weeks after this take. Its almost like a choir of angels singing in the background if you listened closely. Great and Wonderful God, Praise be your Name, and for your gift of this song. Another blessing from the True and Ever-Living God!

I peer through the window as I sing this song, I imagined what a great and exciting time to sing this, the day Jesus Christ returns, a Glorious and Triumphant entry it will indeed be!

Psalm 51 – Create in Me (A Prayer for Pardon and Renewal)

This Psalm is the first song that I got in the series of psalms that the Lord revealed.  Its a prayer song for pardon and renewal. To me, its a song coming from a desperate heart desiring God’s restoration of Joy and Peace with Him, knowing God will do it.

This passage was revealed to me back in 2011 when my life was in a bit of a disarray, it was a time when I needed peace of heart. I didn’t know this desire so much as to word it out to God and ask it but He gave it to me anyway. At that point, I was just deeply burdened by things around me. Questions arise in my head – was I doing the right thing, was I supposed to do something else instead or am I being too hard on myself, etc… As a new (revived) Christian, I had regrets about the decisions I made, I made a lot of immature choices, I didn’t understand a lot of things, made vows that I wasn’t too ready to do but at the onset was filled with courage to stand up for. It is wonderful to just let God have His way and be led by His Spirit, but almost always, I needed to be encouraged later. The psalm’s message shifted my perspective as I asked God to restore me, to change me and not necessarily my present situation.

Back then, I can’t say I made a lot of great choices, I often later felt otherwise. Looking back now, I realized how God arranged the circumstances in those days to establish my ways today. We really need to be encouraged all the time and remain in that joy of knowing that God’s Salvation is at hand and He is in charge of this life. Since then, this prayer has always been my peacemaker and quiet time song when I need to re-charge and regain my stand in this battle.

Psalm 51:10~12

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play – Psalm 51 : 10~12 – Create in Me

@Sound Check> The song file is the newer version that I recorded last year in November. But 2 years before around maybe March 2011 is when I remember recording the first version on my now obsolete mini mp3 recorder. Being the first song, its used to have its lyrics taken from the NIV.