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My Soul Finds Rest In God Alone by Matt Searles

I have posted couple of other songs based on Psalm 62 here and here.
The words themselves invite frequent revisitation, and minister afresh each time they are meditated upon.
This version is by Matt Searles.

The lyrics:
1.
My soul finds rest in God alone
Salvation comes from him my rock
My one defence against the foe
He holds me firm no more to fall
How long O men will you attack
And break me down, and crush my soul
Their words are sweet but in their hearts
They feed on lies and curse the Lord
2.
Find rest my soul in God alone
The source of all my joy and hope
My one defence against the foe
He holds me firm no more to fall
The Lord most high sustains my life
A place of peace amidst the waves
O put your trust in God our rock
Pour out your hearts and know his grace
3.
How frail is man, just like a breath
Both rich and poor arise and fall
When wealth may come, preserve your hearts
Don’t set your hope on earthly gold
One thing O Lord you said to me
That you are good and you are strong
You will reward to every man
According to the things we’ve done

© Matt Searles 2016


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Where Tears And Arguments Fall (via Dale Ralph Davis)

“…the Psalm implies that especially in prayer you must hold both emotion and reason together. In a true knowledge of God they combine. At the throne of grace, tears fall from your eyes and arguments from your lips.”
Psalm 13 – From Anguish To Assurance
Dale Ralph Davis, Slogging Along In The Paths Of Righteousness, Christian Focus, 2016, pg 20


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Be At Rest – Psalm 116

Many parts of the church will read and hear Psalm 116 this Thursday.

Here’s Matt Searle’s version as sung by Miriam Jones.


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The Psalms – Where To Plant Your Heart (via John Piper)

Tomorrow, on the first Sunday of 2018, one of our songs will be a setting of Psalm 1.
John Piper on God’s shaping the hearts of his people through his provision of the Psalms.

Plant Your Heart Here
In great mercy and wisdom, God has chosen to give us the Psalms. He has put them at the very center of his inspired word. Surely this is no accident. The heart is the center of our emotional life. And God’s heart-book is at the center of his word. How easy it is to find!
This is an invitation. God wants our hearts. He will take them as he finds them. And then, with the healing balm of the Psalms, he will shape them. Accept his invitation to come. On the front door, he has promised, Enter here. Find your delight in lingering here in meditation.
You will be “like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers” (Psalm 1:3).

Read the whole post here.


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The Psalm Singing Church (via Nick Batzig)

Nick Batzig offers encouragement and resources for churches to consider singing Psalms in public worship during 2018.
From his post:

Perhaps such a neglect has occurred on account of antiquated translations, difficult accompanying tunes or simply because of a lack of familiarity with the Old Testament people, places, events and symbols. Regardless, the church is certainly no better for having passed over the numerous inspired songs in the Psalter.
It would be of enormous benefit to our churches if we would actively seek to reinstitute the practice of Psalm-singing in our congregations. At the very least, churches should try to sing one or more Psalms a month in gathered worship on the Lord’s Day. This takes a measure of planning and instruction on the part of pastors, elders and musicians. However, it is safe to say that any congregation that undertakes such an initiative, will reap rich, spiritual benefit.

Read it all at the Christward Collective.


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1650 Split-Leaf Psalter App

I’ve downloaded the free 1650 Psalter app.
Emulating the old split-leaf format of the classic Psalter (Psalm Hymn Book) this app has lyrics (the complete 1650 Scottish Psalter) and midi music of the tunes that are set for each Psalm. Other tunes of the same metre can be selected to play instead as well. Even though the those texts of Psalms don’t get used very widely in Australian Presbyterian circles, the index of tunes is a great resource in itself.
There’s a bunch of other features as well.
Did I mention it’s free?
Search for 1650 Psalter in the various app stores.

Thanks to Scott Clark at Heidelblog for the tip off.


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Tumbling Sky – Matt Searles’ Album Of Psalms For Weary Souls Free For A Limited Time

To mark the release of his book Tumbling Sky: Psalm Devotions for Weary Souls Matt Searles is making the album which inspired the book available for free download.
The album is a wonderful addition to Searles’ two earlier productions.
The Psalms are chosen this time to reflect the ministry that they offer to those in times of lament or suffering.
I don’t know how long the offer will last.

Go here for information about the devotional book.

Go here for the free music.