Psalm 115

idolTo us no glory can belong but only to Your name
‘Tis Your unfailing love and truth we joyfully proclaim.

The nations ask, “Where is their God?” in taunting voice and shrill
Our sov’reign God dwells high above and does whate’er He will.

They think their gods superior of silver and of gold
Mere stony relics they have made and in their hands can hold.

With muted mouths and sightless eyes and ears that are not real
Idols with noses that can’t smell and hands that cannot feel.

They do have feet but cannot move, their voiceless throats are dumb
All those who made or trust in them will soon, like them, become.

O Israel, put your trust in God, He is your help and shield
O house of Aaron, turn to Him, He is your help and shield.

All those who fear the Lord can trust –He is your help and shield
Your Lord has kept you on His mind, His blessings hath revealed.

The Lord will bless all Israel, the house of Aaron, too
To small and great who fear the Lord His blessings will accrue.

May Adonai increase your clan, your children all give birth
May you be blessed by Adonai, Maker of heav’n and earth.

The heav’ns above belong to Him, they are His dwelling-place
The earth is ours to tend and keep, made for the human race.

The dead do not praise Adonai, in silent stillness lie
But as for us, we’ll bless the Lord from this time forth for aye.

© 2014  J Dan Small

Psalm 106

Moses Strikes RockHallelujah! We give thanks to Adonai
Hallelujah! Thank Him for His endless love
Hallelujah! Adonai, our Lord is good

Count His wonders, tell His praise.
Blest are all who walk uprightly
Keeping justice all their days

Lord, with favor look upon me
Count me with Your chosen ones.
Then will I rejoice with gladness
Praising You with all the saints.

We, Your people, have done evil
Sinned against You willfully
Like our fathers down in Egypt
Mindless of Your mighty deeds
Soon forgot Your acts of kindness
And rebelled at the Red Sea.

But for Your name’s sake You saved them
Making known Your mighty pow’r
Led them ‘cross the dried up water
Rescued from their enemies
Then the waters were unfettered
For their foes a watery grave.

Joyful songs, His praises singing
Grateful for His promises
But then quickly they forgot them
Waiting not for Him to guide
In the desert wastes they lusted
Testing God with their complaints.
God relented, granted wishes
But with leanness to their soul

When their leaders they did envy
Moses, Aaron, God’s select
Ground was opened and did swallow
Abiram, Dathan, and their kin
Fire fell upon their foll’wers
And consumed the wicked lot.

Then they made a calf in Horeb
Worshiping a man-made god
They exchanged their God of glory
For an ox that lives on grass.

They forgot the Lord their Savior
Who had done great things for them
Great deliverance from Egypt
And the Red Sea miracle
God decided to destroy them
But His servant, Moses, pled
Asking God to turn from anger
Rescued them from certain doom.

Then they grumbled, wouldn’t enter
Canaan’s pleasant Promised Land
They would not believe God’s promise
Chose instead to doubt His word
That’s when God declared His judgment
In the wilderness they’d die
To the nations they’d be scattered
Since His voice they would not heed.

Then they worshiped Baal at Peor
Fellowshipped with demon-gods
Once again God’s anger stirring
Deadly plague began to spread
Phinehas arose with courage
Interposed to stop the scourge
He will always be remembered
Honored for his righteous deed.

When at Meribah they grumbled
And complained against the Lord
Moses struck the rock in anger
Bringing judgment on himself.

When they finally entered Canaan
Failed to wipe out pagan tribes
Mingled with their evil customs
Worshiped idols, were defiled
Sacrificed their sons and daughters
Filled the land with murd’rous deeds
Adult’rous hearts preferring idols
So God turned His back on them
Gave them over to their enemies
Sent them off to pagan lands
They were crushed by cruel kings.

O’er and over down through hist’ry
God would rescue, they’d rebel
When by sin destroyed and wasted
He would hear their piteous cries
Call to mind His cov’nant promise
Turn again to heal and save
He would change the hearts of captors
Causing kindness to prevail.

Save us, Lord our God, we beg You
Gather us from foreign lands
Then we’ll bless and praise and thank You
Boasting in Your holy name
To the Lord, the God of Israel
Everlasting praises be
Join all peoples in agreement
Hallelujah! and Amen!

© 2014  J Dan Small

Psalm 97

LightningGlory, Power, Majesty!  The Lord is on His throne
Far above all other gods, we make His greatness known
Heav’ns declare His righteousness and mountains melt like wax
The light’ning flashes, clouds surround, earth trembles at His acts
All peoples see His glory, His presence like a fire
Consumes His foes, lights up the earth, the islands doth inspire.

Bow down you nations of the earth and worship Adonai
Your worthless idols put to shame, the Lord is God Most High
Your people hear and sing for joy, your daughters all rejoice
Before the Lord who is Supreme lift up your heart and voice
Hate evil, ye who love the Lord, and He will rescue you
For He protects His godly ones who wickedness eschew.

Rejoice in Adonai, ye saints, and He will give you light
He fills with joy and gratitude all those who are upright
His throne is built on righteousness, His judgments just and fair
His holiness adorns His works, His power we declare
So bow to Him in holy fear, His sov’reign wisdom own
Shout “Glory, Power, Majesty!  The Lord is on His throne!”

© 2014  J Dan Small