20.July.2014, #253

We played Sing Alleluia and I Will Exalt You and introduced a new one called The Rock Won't Move (just the chorus), all in the more male-friendly key of F.  I'd been thinking about how there must be a limited amount of pleasure God takes in observing our limited activity of praising, so we followed the songs two conflicting passages from scripture, Psalm 92:1-2 and Amos 5:23-24.

It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night.

Take away from me the noise of your songs; I will not listen to the melody of your harps. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everflowing stream.

We followed with a corporate prayer - apparently written by someone in prison - tending toward the simple yet pragmatic:

O God, you have made me free to choose you and love you. Thank you for freeing me from fear! Help me to show your love to each person I meet today and every day.

I realized a couple weeks ago that the lyric of Rich & Poor borrows from Psalm 49.  I like that the songwriter, using the Psalmist's language, speaks of being both/and, and then adds his own final crux, "His love is for us all", as if a direction the Psalmist might have taken had she not had other business to attend to.

Hear this, all you peoples; listen, all who live in this world, both low and high, rich and poor alike: My mouth will speak words of wisdom; the meditation of my heart will give you understanding. I will turn my ear to a proverb; with the harp I will expound my riddle…
— Psalm 49:1-4

So we had that on the screen, then played through Rich & Poor and the chorus of Unchanging to bring the sentiment of the former to bear on the latter.  And before we finished with God of All, we read together a variation on Saint Ignatius:

As I go forth, Lord, I ask you to take and receive my entire liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my whole will. All that I am and all that I possess You have given me: I surrender it all to You to be disposed of according to Your will. Give me only Your love and Your grace; with these I will be rich enough. Amen.
 16th Century, anonymous

16th Century, anonymous

The Rock Won't Move

Sing Alleluia

Rich & Poor, one of my favorites of the past couple years


Posted on September 16, 2014 .