Category Archives: Psalm of the Day

Summer Psalm for August 31, 2014 – Pentecost 12


Summer Psalm for August 31, 2014 – Pentecost 12
Based on Psalm 73 (selected verses)

Song Choices: 
“Praise You in this Storm” by Marc Hall
“God My Rock” by Paul Baloche and Brenton Brown

Level of Difficulty:
These are both great songs for your worship team to offer but would prove to be difficult for the congregation.

You Tube:
Praise You in this Storm:

God My Rock:

Rationale for the Song Choices:
They both capture the spirit of verses 23-26.

Suggested Format:
This is the last week of this summer series. As such, I am proposing something a little different.  Make your song choice and instead of the usual responsive Psalm of the Day format, use the song in it’s place but plan for an instrumental interlude midway through the song where the Pastor reads versus 23-26 along with the background music.  The band then finishes the song.

Psalm 73:23-26 Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heartand my portion forever.

Summer Psalm for August 24, 2014 – Pentecost 11


Summer Psalm for August 24, 2014 – Pentecost 11
Based on Psalm 42 & 43 (selected verses)

Song Choices: 
“Hungry” by Kathryn Scott
“Breathe” by Marie Barnett
“As the Deer” by Martin Nystrom

Level of Difficulty:
The entire congregation can sing these heart-felt songs.

You Tube:
Hungry:

Breathe:

As the Deer:

Rationale for the Song Choices:
It will be evident in the responsive readings. “Breathe” and “Hungry” are organic songs, “As the Deer” bears the opening verse of the Psalm as it’s title.

Suggested Format:
Musicians softly play the verse or chorus in the background (Hungry or Breathe)

Congregations Sings Verse 1 & Chorus (“As the Deer” only)

M: As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.
C: Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation.

M: Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked.
C: My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.

M: When can I go and meet with God?
C: You are God my stronghold.

Congregation Sings: Verse and Chorus

M: My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long,“Where is your God?” 
C: Send me your light and your faithful care, let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell. 

M: I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.  Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me?
C: Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.  Why, my soul, are you downcast? 

M: Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me. 
C: By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me—a prayer to the God of my life. 

Congregation Sings:Verse and Chorus

Summer Psalm for August 17 – Pentecost 10


Summer Psalm for August 17 – Pentecost 10
Based on Psalm 119c

For the August 17 worship service, I am recommedning the same psalm setting developed for Pentecost 3.  You can find the information here:

https://sjbrown58.wordpress.com/2014/06/13/summer-psalm-for-june-29-2014-pentecost-3/

Summer Psalm for August 10, 2014 – Pentecost 9


Summer Psalm for August 10, 2014 – Pentecost 9
Based on Psalm 18 (selected verses)

Song Choices: 
“I Love You Lord” by Laurie Klein (Song #107 in the “Best of the Best” songbooks)

Level of Difficulty:
The entire congregation can sing this song.

You Tube:

Rationale for the Song Choices:
The song is based on the opening verse of the Psalm.

Suggested Format:
Musicians softly play the verse or chorus in the background

M:​ I love you, O LORD, my strength.
C: ​The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
M:​ my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.
C:​ He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
M:​ I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise,
C:​ and I am saved from my enemies.

Congregation Sings: Verse, Verse & Chorus

M:​ He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.
C:​ He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.
M:​ He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.
C:​ You save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.
M:​ You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.
C:​You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great.

Congregation Sings: Verse, Verse & Chorus

Summer Psalm for August 3, 2014 – Pentecost 8


Summer Psalm for August 3, 2014 – Pentecost 8
Based on Psalm 65 (selected verses)

Song Choices: 
“Shout to The Lord” by Darlene Zechech

Level of Difficulty:
The entire congregation can sing this song.

You Tube:
You already know this song!

Rationale for the Song Choices:
God’s greatness resounds loudly in both the Psalm and the song choice.

Suggested Format:

Musicians softly play the verse or chorus in the background

M: God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas,
C: who formed the mountains by your power, having armed yourself with strength, M: who stilled the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the turmoil of the nations.
C: The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy. 
Congregation Sings: Verse 1 and Chorus

Musicians continue to play softly in the background

M: You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly.
C: The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained it. M: You crown the year with your bounty,
C: and your carts overflow with abundance. M: The grasslands of the wilderness overflow;
C: the hills are clothed with gladness. M: The meadows are covered with flocks and the valleys are mantled with grain;
C: they shout for joy and sing.

Congregation Sings: Verse 2 and Chorus

Summer Psalm for July 27, 2014 – Pentecost 7


Summer Psalm for July 27, 2014 – Pentecost 7
Based on Psalm 145 (selected verses)
Song Choices: 
1. “How Great is Our God” by Chris Tomlin
2. “10,000 Reasons” by Matt Redman
Level of Difficulty:
The entire congregation can sing both song choices except one portion noted below.
You Tube:
1. 10,000 Reasons:
2. How Great is Our God:
Rationale for the Song Choices:
  1. “How Great is Our God” captures the essence of the first four verses of Psalm 145.
  2. “10,000 Reasons” contains my favorite verse from Ps 145 – verse 8 and is a praise-filed song, much like Psalm 145 itself.
Suggested Format for use with “How Great is Our God”:
Musicians softly play the verse or chorus in the background
M: I will exalt you, my God the King;
C: I will praise your name for ever and ever. M: Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever. 
C: Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;M: his greatness no one can fathom. 
C: One generation commends your works to another;
Congregation Sings: Verse 1 and Chorus
Musicians continue to play softly in the background
M: they tell of your mighty acts. 
C: They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—and I will meditate on your wonderful works. M: They tell of the power of your awesome works—and I will proclaim your great deeds. 
C: They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
Congregation Sings: Verse 2 and Chorus
Musicians continue to play softly in the background
 
M: The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. 
C: The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. 
M: All your works praise you, Lord; your faithful people extol you. 
C: They tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might, so that all people may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. 
Soloists Only – The Band Sings the final Chorus, the Bridge and the Ending
Note that the bridge is pitched a bit too high for most congregational voices.
Suggested Format for use with “10,000 Reasons”:
Musicians softly play the verse or chorus in the background
M: I will exalt you, my God the King;
C: I will praise your name for ever and ever. M: Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever. 
C: Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;M: his greatness no one can fathom. 
C: One generation commends your works to another;
Congregation Sings: Chorus and Verse 1
Musicians continue to play softly in the background
M: they tell of your mighty acts. 
C: They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—and I will meditate on your wonderful works. M: They tell of the power of your awesome works—and I will proclaim your great deeds. 
C: They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
Congregation Sings: Chorus (CODA) and Verse 2
Musicians continue to play softly in the background 
M: The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. 
C: The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. M: All your works praise you, Lord; your faithful people extol you. 
C: They tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might, so that all people may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. 
Congregation Sings: Chorus, (Band Instr.), Verse 3, Chorus and ending
Additional Readings if Needed:
M: Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations.
C: The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does. 
M: The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. 
C: The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. 
M: You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing. 
C: The Lord is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does. 
M: The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. 
C: He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. 
M: The Lord watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy. 
C: My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.

 

Summer Psalm for July 20, 2014 – Pentecost 6


Summer Psalm for July 20, 2014 – Pentecost 6
Based on Psalm 89 (selected verses)

Song Choices: 
1. “I Could Sing of Your Love Forever” by Martin Smith (Songbook BOB #103)
2. “Facedown” by Matt Redman
3. “Who is Like You” by Mac Powell (Third Day)

Level of Difficulty:
The entire congregation can sing “I Could sing of Your Love Forever” or “Who is Like You”.  “Facedown” is best suited for the worship team or praise band.

You Tube:
1. I Could Sing of Your Love Forever:

2. Facedown:

3. Who is Like You:

Rationale for the Song Choices:
1. “I Could Sing of Your Love Forever” takes it’s very title from the opening line in Psalm 89 and captures the spirit behind the first 3 or 4 verses.
2. “Facedown” is based on verses 5 – 8.
3. “Who is LikeYou” is also based on verses 5-8.

Suggested Format:

Musicians softly play the verse or chorus in the background

M: I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever;
C: with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. 
M: I will declare that your love stands firm forever,
C: that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself. 
M: The heavens praise your wonders, 
C: Lord, your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones. 

Sing as follows (depending on your song choice):
“I Could Sing of Your Love Forever” – Sing the Verse and Chorus
Band or Soloists sing: “Facedown” – Sing Verse 2 & Chorus
“Who is Like You” – Sing Verse 1 & Chorus

Musicians continue to play softly in the background

M: For who in the skies above can compare with the Lord?
C: Who is like the Lord among the heavenly beings? 
M: In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared;
C: He is more awesome than all who surround him. 
M: Who is like you, Lord God Almighty?
C: You, Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you. 

Sing as follows (depending on your song choice):
“I Could Sing of Your Love Forever” – Sing the Verse, Chorus and end with the CODA (omit the bridge)
Band or Soloists sing: “Facedown” – Sing Verse, Chorus then proceed to the CODA
“Who is Like You” – Sing Verse 2 & Chorus

Other readings that can be added if desired:

M: You rule over the surging sea;
C: when its waves mount up, you still them. 
M: The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth;
C: you founded the world and all that is in it. 
M: Your arm is endowed with power;
C: your hand is strong, your right hand exalted. 
M: Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
C: love and faithfulness go before you. 
M: Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,
C: who walk in the light of your presence, Lord. 
M: They rejoice in your name all day long;
C: they celebrate your righteousness. 
M: For you are their glory and strength,
C: and by your favor you exalt our horn. 
M: Indeed, our shield belongs to the Lord,
C: our king to the Holy One of Israel. 

Summer Psalm for July 13, 2014 – Pentecost 5


Summer Psalm for July 13, 2014 – Pentecost 5
Based on Psalm 31 (selected verses)

Song Choices: 
1. “My Life is in You Lord” by Daniel Gardner (Songbook BOB #165)
2. “Be My Home” by Douglas Norquist (Songbook BOB #19)
3. “I Lift My Hands” by Chris Tomlin and Matt Maher

Level of Difficulty:
The entire congregation can sing the first two songs.  “I Lift my Hands” is best suited for the worship team or praise band.

You Tube:
1. My life is in You Lord (this song has a lot of repetition which can be eliminated if you’d like):

2. Be My Home:
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3. I Lift My Hands:

Rationale for the Song Choice:
1. “My life is in You Lord” captures the heart of the psalm writer. We are to put our trust in the Lord.
2. “Be My Home” is based on Psalm 31 verses 1-3
3. “I Lift My Hands” is based on Psalm 31 verses 1-3

Suggested Format:

Musicians play either the chorus or the verse softly in the background  during the responsive readings

M: In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;
C: let me never be put to shame;
M: deliver me in your righteousness.
C: Turn your ear to me,
M: come quickly to my rescue;
C: be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me. 

Congregation Sings the song through once (Songs 1 or 2)
– or –
Worship Team sings verse 1 and the chorus of song 3

M: Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me. 
C: Keep me free from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge. 
M: I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul. 
C: You have not given me into the hands of the enemy but have set my feet in a spacious place. 
M: Be strong and take heart,
C: all you who hope in the Lord.

Congregation Sings the song through once (Songs 1 or 2)
– or –
Worship Team sings verse 2 and the chorus of song 3