Thanks to everyone who left a comment on my last post about Psalm Songs, Vol. 1. It was so encouraging to read how God has used various Psalms in people’s lives. It reminded me how God gave us the Psalms to help us not only pray and sing to him but to know him better. There really is no emotion or circumstance we go through that isn’t addressed in some way in the Psalms.
These are the five comments I picked for their impact and creativity:
In the darkest night of my soul, I challenged God to prove His existence. “Though the mountains fall into the heart of the sea” suddenly resounded in my mind. It brought me to Psalm 46. Verse 10 says “Be still and know that I am God.” I knew and believed. (Nicole McLernon Eckerson)
After experiencing the near death of three of our five children within a two-year period, I clung to Psalm 68 as a lifeline, especially v. 20, “Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death.” Right before that verse, though, v. 19 tells me that God is my salvation and He daily bears my burdens. Whether I’m in the midst of an agonizing, excruciating, soul-wrenching ordeal or simply seeking to live for His glory amidst the daily trials of this sometimes weary life, God is the one who rescues, empowers, saves and upholds. Praise His name forever! (Carol S.)
How can I pick only ONE???!!! If I must, Psalm 27. My father was in a coma after suffering cardiac arrest. A week with no response. The Lord brought this psalm to my heart during that week, especially the final two verses. ” I would have lost heart unless I had believed I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” All week, this was on my heart. Thursday night, the doc was talking to us about my dads living will…life support, etc. “I would have lost heart…” Friday morning, he woke up. No complications. No brain damage. It was as if God simply put him to sleep and woke him up a week later! That psalm is forever linked in my life to that week. The Lord is in control, He is sovereign, and regardless of outcomes, He is good! (Matthew)
Psalm 23 because it was my Dad’s favorite. A wonderful man, fought in World War II, built our home, loved my Mom and us. Had a stability, kindness, joy, and love that came from his Shepherd, in spite of the valley of death that took years, and his life, when I was 11 and he was just 40. Psalm 23 because the Lord is my Shepherd and the Shepherd of my wife, and He brought us together, guided us, corrected us when we strayed, and guides us now. My best man played it on classical guitar while I sang it at our reception, telling of our wonderful Shepherd and asking our guests if He was their Shepherd. Psalm 23 for me now, when I’m 20 years older than my Dad was down here, and needing his Shepherd, my Shepherd, our Shepherd, more than ever. We’ve been through the valley ourselves, holding our son while he went to his Shepherd, and saying farewell, for now, to all of our parents. He leads me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul. (Jonathan Bach)
I like Psalm 136
With its recurring refrain,
Telling of God’s great love
Through its recurring refrain;
And His marvelous acts in history
Through its recurring refrain. (Brian Prata)
And here are the five random winners:
Each of the winners will be receiving a download link for the album. And for those who didn’t win, or haven’t heard this album, do your self a favor and go get it!
And thanks again to Adam Wright for making music that enables the word of Christ to dwell in us richly (Col. 3:16).