Music for Sunday 9/30/12

This Sunday, as we consider the eternal nature of God, we’ll begin and end the service with songs that are paraphrases of psalms on this subject.  These two songs span a broad spectrum of sacred music–the first is a contemporary song by Chris Tomlin from 2001 while the second is a traditional hymn by Isaac Watts from 1719–but they both use the words of the psalmist to celebrate our eternal, almighty God.

Forever is taken from Psalm 136 and uses the same structure as this psalm, repeating the refrain “His love endures forever” after each line in the verses.

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Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.  His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods.  His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords:  His love endures forever.
to him who alone does great wonders,  His love endures forever.
(Psalm 136:1-4)

Give thanks to the Lord, our God and King.
His love endures forever.
For He is good, He is above all things.
His love endures forever.

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To him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, His love endures forever.
and brought Israel out from among them, His love endures forever.
with a mighty hand and outstretched arm; His love endures forever.
(136:10-12)

With a mighty hand and outstretched arm,
His love endures forever.
For the life that’s been reborn;
His love endures forever.

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Who made the great lights—His love endures forever.
the sun to govern the day, His love endures forever.
the moon and stars to govern the night; His love endures forever.
to the One who remembered us in our low estate, His love endures forever.
and freed us from our enemies, His love endures forever.
and who gives food to every creature. His love endures forever.
(136:7-9, 23-25)

From the rising to the setting sun,
His love endures forever.
And by the grace of God we will carry on;
His love endures forever.

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The chorus of the song says:

Forever God is faithful,
Forever God is strong,
Forever God is with us,
Forever, forever!

Now step back in time 300 years or so, when Isaac Watts published The Psalms of David Imitated in the Language of the New Testament in which he versified, or paraphrased, 138 psalms including O God, Our Help in Ages Past from Psalm 90.

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Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. (Psalm 90:1-2)

O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home!

Under the shadow of Thy throne Thy saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is Thine arm alone, and our defense is sure.

Before the hills in order stood, or earth received her frame,
From everlasting Thou art God, to endless years the same.

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For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night. (90:4)

A thousand ages in Thy sight are like an evening gone;
Short as the watch that ends the night before the rising sun.

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You sweep men away in the sleep of death; they are like the new grass of the morning— though in the morning it springs up new, by evening it is dry and withered. The length of our days is seventy years—or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. (90:5, 6, 10)

Time, like an ever-rolling stream, bears all its sons away;
They fly, forgotten, as a dream dies at the opening day.

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Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.  Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, for as many years as we have seen trouble.  May your deeds be shown to your servants, your splendor to their children.  May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us—yes, establish the work of our hands. (90:14-17)

O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come,
Be Thou our guard while life shall last, and our eternal home.

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We’ll also be looking at Isaiah 46:9, which reads For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is no one like Me, so we’ll be singing I Worship You, Almighty God:

I worship You, Almighty God; there is none like You.
I worship You, O Prince of Peace; that is what I want to do.
I give You praise for You are my righteousness.
I worship You, Almighty God; there is none like You.

Continuing the theme of “forever God is faithful,” we’ll sing Great Is Thy Faithfulness, which praises God for His unchanging nature and unfailing love.  The first verse is a reference to James 1:17: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God, my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee.
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou has been, Thou forever wilt be.

Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

And no series on the attributes of God would be complete without singing Holy, Holy, Holy, the same words that are sung around God’s throne in Isaiah 6 and Revelation 4.

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! all the saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
Who wert, and art, and evermore shall be.

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy name, in earth, and sky, and sea;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

Forever: words and music by Chris Tomlin.  Copyright 2001 worshiptogether.com Songs/sixsteps Music.  O God, Our Help in Ages Past: words by Isaac Watts and music by William Croft.  I Worship You, Almighty God: words and music by Sandra Corbett-Wood.  Copyright 1983 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music. Great Is Thy Faithfulness: words by Thomas O. Chisolm and music by William M. Runyan.  Copyright 1923,  renewed 1951 Hope Publishing Company.  Holy, Holy, Holy: words by Reginald Heber and music by John B. Dykes.  CCLI #3163058.

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