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Psalm 18 in Metre

NOTE: All 150 psalms were translated into English in Metre by 1562, nearly 50 years before the King James Version of the Bible was published in 1611! The psalms were written as Hebrew poetry and were meant to be sung or read aloud.* However, translating poetry from one language to another typically loses much if not all of the poetic attributes! However, there were several groups of people who endeavored to translate the psalms into a type of poetry typical for the English language hundreds of years ago. If you have not yet encountered the psalms in metre (psalter), you are in for a treat. We read (and softly sung) all 150 psalms in a downtown coffeeshop this year using the Scottish Psalter. Since music is a significant part of you Lindsey, you may find yourself singing them with a tune you make up on the spot based on the rhythmic beat to the verses. I hope the prayer this day blesses you in this.

Heavenly Father. I glorify you and praise you. I look around at the beauty of snow, where just one snow flake is a masterpiece work of art. A man we now call Snowflake Bentley** spent years of his life, freezing and cold, just to catch a snowflake and then to photograph it. This amazing look at snow flakes has been collected into a sizable book, a gallery of beauty, a look at a tiny bit of the vast beauty you placed everywhere around us. Thank you for letting me see these bits of your beauty. And thank you for the Scripture which I am to use to pray over the daughter you delight in, whose beauty is a dim reflection of Christ:

Psalm 18 (my favorite psalm) from the Psalter of 1562 (read it aloud emphasizing every other syllable … you can even add intonation while you read it or even sing it!):

 1  O God, my strength and fortitude,
       of force I must love thee;
    Thou art my castle and defense
       in my necessity:

 2  My God, my rock, in whom I trust,
       the worker of my wealth;
    My refuge, buckler, and my shield,
       the horn of all my health.

 3  When I sing laud unto the Lord,
       most worthy to be served;
    Then from my foes I am right sure
       that I shall be preserved.

 4  The pangs of death did compass me,
       and bound me ev'ry where;
    The flowing waves of wickedness
       did put me in great fear.

 5  The sly and subtle snares of hell
       were round about me set;
    And for my life there was prepared
       a deadly trapping net.

 6  I thus beset with pain and grief,
       did pray to God for grace;
    And he forthwith heard my complaint
       out of his holy place.

 7  Such is his pow'r, that in his wrath
       he made the earth to quake.
    Yea, the foundation of the mount
       of Bashan for to shake:

 8  And from his nostrils went a smoke,
       when kindled was his ire,
    And from his month went burning coals
       of hot consuming fire.

 9  The Lord descended from above, and
       bowed the heav'ns most high;
    And underneath his feet he cast
       the darkness of the sky:

10  On Cherubs and on Cherubims
       full royally he rode,
    an on the wings of mighty winds
       came flying all abroad.

   The Second Part.

11  And like a den most dark he made
       his hid and secret place;
    With waters black and airy clouds
       encompassed he was.

12  At his bright presence did thick clouds 
       in haste away retire;
    And in the stead thereof did come
       hail-stones and coals of fire.

13  The fiery darts and thunderbolts
       disperse them here and there;
    And with his frequent lightnings he
       doth put them in great fear.

14  When thou, O Lord, with great rebuke 
       thy anger dost declare,
    The springs and the foundations of
       the world discovered are.

15  And from above the Lord sent down
       to fetch me from below,
    And plucked me out of waters great,
       that would me overflow:

16  And me delivered from my foes
       that sought me to enthrall;
    Yea, from such foes as were too strong
       for me to deal withal.

17  They did prevent me evermore
       in time of my great grief;
    But yet the Lord is my defense,
      my succor and relief.

18  He brought me forth in open place,
       that so I might be free;
    And kept me safe, because he had
       a favor unto me.

19  According to my innocence,
       so did he me regard;
    And to the cleanness of my hands
       he gave me my reward:

20  For that I walk-ed in his ways,
       and in his paths have trod,
    And not departed wickedly
       from him that is my God.

   The Third Part.

21  But evermore I have respect
       to his law and decree;
    His statutes and commandments I
       cast not away from me:

22  But pure and clean, and uncorrupt,
       appeared before his face,
   And did refrain from wickedness
       and sin in ev'ry case.

23  The Lord will therefore me reward,
       as I have done aright;
    As to the cleanness of my hands
       appearing in his sight.

24  For, Lord, with him that holy is
       wilt thou be holy too;
    And with the good and virtuous man
       thou wilt uprightly do:

25  And for the loving and elect
       thy favor wilt reserve;
    And thou wilt use the wicked men
       as wicked men deserve.

26  For thou dost save the simple folk,
       in trouble when they lie;
    And dost bring down the countenance
       of them that look full high.

27  The Lord will light my candle so,
       that it shall shine full bright;
    The Lord my God will make also
       my darkness to be light.

28  For by thy help an host of men
       discomfit. Lord, I shall;
    By thee I scale and overleap
       the strength of any wall.

29  Unspotted are the ways of God,
       his word is purely tried;
    He is a sure defense to such
       as in his faith abide.

30  For who is God, except the Lord ! 
       for other there is none:
    Or else who is omnipotent,
       saving our God alone.

   The Fourth Part.

31  The God that girdeth me with strength, 
       is he that I do mean;
    That all the ways wherein I walk,
       did evermore keep clean:

32  That made my feet like to the harts'
       in swiftness of my pace, 
    And for my safety brought me forth
       into an open place.

33  He did in order put my hands
       in battle for to fight;
    To break in sunder bars of brass
       he gave my arms the might.

34  Thou teachest me thy saving health,
       thy right hand is my tow'r;
    Thy love and gentleness also
       doth still increase my pow'r.

35  And under me thou makest plain
       the way where I should go;
    So that my feet shall never slip, ·
       nor wander to and fro:

36  And fiercely I pursue and take
       my foes that me annoyed,
    And from the field do not return
       till they be all destroyed.

37  So I suppress and wound my foes,
       that they can rise no more;
    For underneath my feet they fail,
       I wound them all so sore.

38  For thou hast girded me with strength
       unto the battle, and
    Thou wilt throw down my enemies
       that do against me stand.

39  Lord, thou hast given me the necks
       of all my enemies;
    That so I might destroy all those
       that up against me rise.

40  They called for help, but none gave ear, 
       nor came to their relief;
    Yea, to the Lord they called for aid, 
       yet heard he not their grief.

   The Fifth Part.

41  And still, like dust before the wind,
       I drive them under feet,
    And sweep them out like filthy dirt,
       that lieth in the street.

42  Thou keep'st me from seditious folk
       that still in strife are led;
    And thou dost of the heathen folk
       appoint me to be head.

43  A people strange, to me unknown,
       and yet they shall me serve;
    And at the first obey my word,
       whereas my own will swerve.

44  I shall be irksome to my own,
       they will not see my light;
    But wander wide out of the way,
       and hide them out of sight.

45  But blessed be the living Lord,
       most worthy of all praise:
    He is my rock and saving health,
       praised be he always.

46  For it is lie that gave me pow'r,
       reveng-ed for to be;
    And with his holy word subdued
       the people unto me.

47  And from my. foe delivered me,
       and set me over those
    That cruel and ungodly were,
       and up against me rose.

48  And for this cause, O Lord my God,
       to thee give thanks I shall;
    And sing out praises to thy Name,
       among the Gentiles all.

49  Deliv'rance great thou giv'st the king,
       and dost reserve in store
    Mercy for thine Anointed, and
       his seed for evermore.

Lord, I am here as usual to pray for Lindsey, your daughter you love, and today seemed like the day to present a psalm interpreted in metre over 450 years ago. Lindsey, I pray that encountering the psalms in metre will bring a whole new light to them for you. May the psalms resonate in your heart the way that the original Hebrew language psalms did centuries ago. I pray that the psalms in metre will excite and thrill you so much that you will want to sing them all as soon as you can (thus I am linking to the online version of them below). I pray that you may find singing the psalms a wonderful way to worship and praise the Lord. And all the glory is his. The glory is all his. I pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen

click=> All 150 Psalms in Metre (1562)
click=> Scottish Psalter (1650)

* Theological Studies: Interpreting the Psalms includes this:

B. Understand that the Psalms are Hebrew musical poems and should be interpreted in light of this fact.
       1. Most of the Psalms were meant to be sung not read.

** Snowflake Bentley books:

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Radiant!

Good morning Heavenly Father. Thank you for coffee. Thank you for a Wendy’s chocolate frosty. And thank you for reminding me to try combining them! The frosty cooled down the coffee so I did not need to add ice cubes. The frosty took the place of the cream.  And it even took the place of the sugar. Thank you for a wonderful drink this morning! And thank you for an interesting scripture from Jeremiah for today’s prayer for your daughter Lindsey:

For the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he. Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the Lord, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all. Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow. (Jeremiah 31:11-13)

The center piece of this scripture can be translated as being RADIANT when in the midst of the goodness of the Lord!

ESV:

they shall be radiant over the goodness of the Lord

NET:

They will be radiant with joy over the good things the Lord provides

NLT:

They will be radiant because of the Lord’s good gifts

HCSB:

they will be radiant with joy because of the Lord’s goodness

Lord, I’m here again. I was anxious to come see you this morning when I woke up for I wanted to begin another prayer for your daughter who enjoys singing and playing songs of joy to you. I ask that you find a way for her to come and sing to you today. Let her joy be evident to those around her.  Let her glow as she delights in you Lord. Let her be radiant with joy while she is in the midst of your goodness. And we will give the glory to you. The glory is all yours Lord. Glory. I pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

Include joy and music with your sacrifices and offerings to God

Heavenly Father good morning! Thank you for holding all things together. Thank you for being in control, yet always having something for us as well. Thank you for showing us the way you would have us go and lighting the way before us. And thank you for the scripture to use for today’s prayer for Lindsey, your daughter:

Also Jehoiada appointed the offices of the house of the Lord by the hand of the priests the Levites, whom David had distributed in the house of the Lord, to offer the burnt offerings of the Lord, as it is written in the law of Moses, with rejoicing and with singing, as it was ordained by David. (2 Chronicles 23:18)

Lord, I’m here again. I’m here as usual on behalf of Lindsey, your daughter who loves rejoicing in you. Lindsey, today we see how rejoicing and singing are in integral part of our sacrifices and offerings to God. I pray that you always find ways to make your sacrifice and offerings to God and that you can do it with joy and with music. Perhaps you will hear the angels singing along with your music. And we will give the glory to God. The glory is all his. I pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

Sing praises to God!

Good Morning Heavenly Father. What a good day. What a happy day. As some might say, “Oh, Happy Day!” Thank you for another day to praise and thank you. Thank you for another day for our hearts to sing to your name, just as it says in the scriptures for today’s prayer for Lindsey:

Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:
And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name. (Romans 15:8-9)

Consider what is written in 2 Samuel:

50 Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name. (2 Samuel 22:50)

And also what is written in the psalms … from Psalm 18 (MY psalm … see: mypsalm18.com/ ):

49 Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name. (Psalm 18:49)

Lord, it’s just me sitting here before you. I’m just enjoying time to just SIT! Just sitting with you is a joy. But now I also want to say “Look at Lindsey! Look at your daughter! She loves you, thanks you and sings to you!” Lindsey, God is indeed looking at you… and smiling in delight. He is proud of his daughter as she runs and sings and dances just for him. And so today I pray that God would let you actually see how proud he is of you Lindsey. I pray that God would let you feel his smiling presence there by your side. I pray that God would let you sense his presence as he delights in his daughter whom he loves dearly. And we will give the glory to God. All the glory is his. GLORY! I pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

Make Melodies in your Heart to the Lord

Good Morning Heavenly Father. Thank you for the night sky. Thank you for the moon as it cycles night by night for 28 nights. And thank you for the many points of light in the dark sky. Thank you for being an extravagant God who didn’t create just a few hundred stars for us to see at night … but billions of stars! Thank you for letting this be just one example we can follow as we also try to be extravagant towards others. And thank you for the scripture for today’s prayer for your daughter Lindsey:

And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; (Ephesians 5:18-20)

Lord, I’m here again as usual to begin another day’s prayer for your daughter who loves you. I pray that you would fill Lindsey with your Spirit as your scripture promises and that she also would find new melodies in her heart. Melodies that she can turn into beautiful uplifting songs. And Lindsey, remember to always give thanks for everything to God and the Father in the name of Christ Jesus. And we will give the glory to you Lord. The glory is all yours. I pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

Welcome God to come – sing and play your instruments (and maintain a childlike enthusiasm!)

Good Morning Heavenly Father. Thank you for the waves upon the beach. Thank you for the joy they bring to the children. Thank you for the excitement in their voices, in their eyes, in their jumping around. Thank you for reminding us that we are to be like little children if we are to enter the kingdom of heaven*. And thank you for the scripture to use for today’s prayer for your daughter Lindsey, who is very much like those energetic, enthusiastic children:

Also the Levites which were the singers, all of them of Asaph, of Heman, of Jeduthun, with their sons and their brethren, being arrayed in white linen, having cymbals and psalteries and harps, stood at the east end of the altar, and with them an hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets:) It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord; So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God. (2 Chronicles 5:12-14)

Lord, here I am again. I am here on behalf of Lindsey again today as usual. I ask that whenever she plays her violin and praises you Lord, that you would fill that place even if it is a concert hall or outdoor music festival! And all the glory is yours Lord. Glory! I ask this all in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen

*And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:3)

(more…)

Working Day and Night, Musicians were free from other responsibilities!

Good Morning Heavenly Father. I welcome a new day with you. I welcome a day anew with you. Thank you for always being with me and for that normal feeling when I feel your presence all around me. And thank you for the scripture for today’s prayer for your daughter, Lindsey:

And these are the singers, chief of the fathers of the Levites, who remaining in the chambers were free: for they were employed in that work day and night. (1 Chronicles 9:33)

Lord, I’m here again. I am here to begin another day’s prayer for your daughter who loves you. Today I lift Lindsey up to you Lord as a talented skilled musician, day in and day out. Playing her music is how she is employed day and night. And so, Lindsey, today I bless you and ask that the Lord be there to guide you during each and every performance. I ask that the joy and love of the Lord be evident in your music wherever you may go. I ask that the Lord keep you strong in the midst of what scriptures refers to as working “day and night”! May the Lord keep you strong and healthy, in both body and spirit. And we will give the glory to God. All the glory is his. I pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

Sing from Your Heart as the Word of Christ Dwells in You Richly!

Exhortstrongly encourage or urge (someone) to do something.

Admonishadvise or urge (someone) earnestly. warn (someone) of something to be avoided.

Heavenly Father, good morning! Thank you for always being with me. Thank you for coming near to me anytime I draw near to you. Thank you for clearly lighting the path for me for the task you have set before me. And thank you for the scripture to use for today’s prayer for your daughter Lindsey:

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. (Colossians 3:16)

Lord, I’m here again. I came to sit with you and thank you again for showing me the way to go for the task at hand. But I also am here on behalf of your daughter you love and today I have another big request. Lord, I ask that you continue to put godly advisers around her. Surround her with people who will not just encourage her, but also urge her along the right path, warning her of things she must avoid. Place people around her that can teach her with hymns and songs. Help her to sing and play with grace in her heart. And we will give the glory to you. All the glory is yours Lord. I pray this all in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

Play and Dance with Joyful Music for the King with other women!

Good morning Heavenly Father. Thank you for touch. Thank you for how I can feel the keys as I type to know how much to press on a key and when to stop pressing it:) Thank you for letting my feet feel the ground as I walk so that my steps are sure. And thank you for the pain that I feel at times which instantly alerts me to danger situations such as burning  or cutting myself accidentally. And thank you for the scripture about the women singing, playing and dancing with joy:

And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of musick And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands. (1 Samuel 18:6-7)

Lord, I am here. I am here to lift up your daughter Lindsey and pray for her again as I do each day. And today I ask that you put celebration in her mind and joy in her heart. Show her a way that she can play and dance for you today. Let her feel your joy as she celebrates over you her King! And all the glory we give to you Lord. The glory is all yours. I pray this all in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings.  Amen (more…)

Are you merry, happy, celebrating? Sing psalms and praises to God!

Good morning Heavenly Father. Thank you for the sunrise which is coming earlier and earlier during this time in June.Thank you for the dawning of the day and the dew on the grass. And thank you for the scripture for today’s prayer for Lindsey:

Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. (James 5:13)

Lord, it’s me again. I am happy to be here with you to start a new prayer for a new day for your daughter. Lord, come sit and talk with Lindsey and ask her if she is merry. Ask her if she is happy. Ask her if she feels like celebrating. And then I ask that you give her the opportunity to sing praises to you Lord. Give her the chance to sing and play to you. Let her sing psalms to you God. And we will give you the glory. The glory is yours! I ask this in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)