Chip Stam

Psalm 139 and Worship

The Worship Quote of the Week comes from the Psalter. I've chosen some verses
from Psalm 139 as rendered in contemporary English by Eugene Peterson in THE
MESSAGE: PSALMS, (NavPress 1994).

For me, THE MESSAGE often shakes me out
of my rut of reading the scriptures as if they were merely academic or
medicinal, and helps me realize that they are God's revelation of himself to
his people. [I like the King Jimmy also.]

Psalm 139 (A David Psalm)

Yahweh, investigate my life;
get all the facts first hand.
I'm an open book to you;
even from a distance you know what I'm thinking.
You know when I leave and when I get back;
I'm never out of your sight.
You know everything I'm going to say before I start the first sentence.
I look behind me and you're there, then up ahead and you're there, too --
your reassuring presence, coming and going.
This is too much, too wonderful --
I can't take it all in!

Is there any place I can go to avoid your Spirit?
to be out of your sight? . . . .

Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother's womb.
I thank you, High God--you're breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration--what a creation! . . . . 

Your thoughts--how rare, how beautiful!
God, I'll never comprehend them!
I couldn't even beging to count them--
any more than I could count the sands of the sea.
Oh, let me rise in the morning and live always with you!

[Here's the part that is usually omitted in pubic readings of scripture.]
And please, God, do away with wickedness for good!
And you murderers--out of here!--
all the men and women who belittle you, God,
infatuated with cheep god-imitations.
See how I hate those who hate you, Yahweh,
see how I loathe all this godless arrogance;
I hate it with pure, unadulterated hatred.
Your enemies are my enemies!

Investigate my life, O God,
find out everything about me;
Cross-examine and test me,
get a clear picture of what I'm about;
See for yourself whether I've done anything wrong--
then guide me on the road to eternal life.

What are some of your responses to this Psalms? Comment below and let me know.



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Wesley's "O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing"

"O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing"Did you know that Charles Wesley's hymn "O for a thousand tongues to Sing"
originally had 17 verses and was entitled "Glory to God, and Praise and
Love"? (The tune we use was written about one hundred years later)

Here are a few of the verses:
1. Glory to God, and praise and love
be ever, ever given,
by saints below and saints above,
the church in earth and heaven.

Verses 2-6 were about his conversion.

7. O for a thousand . . .
8. My gracious master . . .
9. Jesus, the name . . .
10. He breaks the power . . .
11. He speaks, and listening . . .
12. Hear him, ye deaf . . .

verses 13-17 deal with the fact that God's grace is sufficient to redeem even
the worst of sinners (Charles Wesley, like the apostle Paul, considered
himself the worst). You can hum along if you like. Be considerate of others
in the workplace.

13. Look unto him, ye nations, own
your God, ye fallen race!
Look, and be saved through faith alone,
be justified by grace!

14. See all your sins on Jesus laid;
the Lamb of God was slain,
his soul was once an offering made
for every soul of man.

15. Harlots and publicans and thieves,
his holy triumph join!
Saved is the sinner that believes
for crimes as great as mine.

16. Murderers and all ye hellish crew,
ye sons of lust and pride,
believe the Savior died for you;
for me the Savior died.

17. With me, your chief, you then shall know,
shall feel your sins forgiven;
anticipate your heaven below
and own that love is heaven.

I'm not really sure what the last two lines mean? Any ideas?
Remember that God's forgiveness is what allows us to come to him in worship and
prayer. Be careful if you're feeling that others need his forgiveness more
than you do. "Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it!"


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Stam on Doxology

Today's Worship Quote of the Week is a word study and a short scripture passage.

DOXOLOGY: a hymn or form of words containing an ascription of praise to God [from the Greek doxo (praise) and logos (word)].

In Christian worship, we hear the word used in different ways:

Greater Doxology, or song of the angels:
"Gloria in excelsis Deo" (Glory to God in the highest)

Lesser Doxology:
"Gloria Patri" (Glory to the Father and to the Son…)

Metric Doxology:
"Praise God from whom all blessings flow."

The New Testament contains a number of hymns of praise to God including the Romans Doxology. We'll read these words of the Apostle Paul from two different English versions.

Romans Doxology: Romans 11:33-36 (from the NIV84)
Oh the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!
"Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?" [quote from Isaiah 40:13]
"Who has ever given to God that God should repay him?" [quote from Job 41:11]
For from him and through him and to him are all things.
To him be glory forever!
Amen!

[and...]

Romans Doxology: Romans 11:33-36 (from The Message)
Have you ever come on anything like this extravagant generosity of God, this
deep, deep wisdom? It's way over our heads. We'll never figure it out.

Is there anyone around who can explain God?
Anyone smart enough to tell him what to do?
Anyone who has done him such a huge favor that God has to ask his advice?

Everything comes from him;
Everything happens through him;
Everything ends up in him.
Always glory! Always praise!
Yes. Yes. Yes.


CHIP'S THOUGHTS

Maybe you ought to write your own doxology.

Have a great week!


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