Scripture as song…


Psalm 136:1 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. 2 O give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever. 3 O give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever; 4 who alone does great wonders, for his steadfast love endures forever; 5 who by understanding made the heavens, for his steadfast love endures forever; 

The rest of the psalm is similar. There is a recitation of the acts of God followed by “for his steadfast love endures forever”. It’s a great reminder that the psalms were originally set to music. The book of the psalms was something like a hymnal for the ancient Israelites. Too bad the musical part has been lost to history.

But it’s really smart to put music to sacred texts. Makes scripture much easier to remember when verses of scripture are song lyrics. This morning I’m thinking of a song by Third Day, “Your love O Lord, reaches to the heavens. Your faithfulness stretches to the sky. And your righteousness is like a mighty mountain. Your justice flows like the ocean’s tide. And I will lift my voice to worship you my king. And I will find my strength in the shadow of your wing.”

Thank you Lord for the gift of music. Amen.

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