I Will Sing A Glad Song To The Lord

Posted 01/18/17

Wednesday Meditation
January 18, 2017

I WILL SING A GLAD SONG TO THE LORD
Rev. Matt Broadbent

I waited patiently for the Lord; [who] inclined to me and heard my cry.
[And] put a new song in my mouth,a song of praise to our God. -Psalm 40:1,3

As I was digging through the files of my career, I was making the hard choices of what to keep and what to throw out, when in the midst of the paper there surfaced little gems I had not seen in a long time. One of these was a song I wrote based on Psalm 40.

Psalms were meant to be sung. In their earliest form they were chants by the priests in the temple. Though it is hard to discern their rhythm in our English translations, these psalms were often clever play on words, or parallel phrases, and repeated choruses. Many of them were meant to be sung by an antiphonal choir passing phrases back and forth between the singers.

Every age has spent time reinterpreting the Psalms to meet their spiritual need. While plain chant served the monastic movement, the Reformation saw a surge in hymn writing based on the Psalms. These were songs to be sung by the congregation such as the Scottish Psalter, or the hymns of Martin Luther. As a spiritual practice I started to rethink the Psalms for my own use, and since I grew up in the “folk music” era, I interpreted them to be accompanied with simple guitar chords.

Last Sunday we sang one of my interpretations of Psalm 40. If you would like to hear it, you can go to our website – foothills-church.org – and listen to the congregation sing the chorus while I sing the verses. I hope this will encourage you to read the Psalms in a new way, not just as a form of oral recitation, but as a way of provoking you to sing a new song in praise of God.

I WILL SING A GLAD SONG TO THE LORD

Chorus:
I will sing a glad song to the Lord
I will sing to the Lord of my life
I will sing a glad song to the Lord
I will sing all of my life

V.1
I wait patiently for the Lord
who inclines towards me and hears my cry
And puts a new song of praise in my mouth,
a song of praise to my God
Chorus:

V.2
Blessed are they who trust in the Lord,
and blessed are they who stand in the light
And marvel at God’s wonderful deeds;
singing of praise to our God
Chorus:

V.3
There’s no gift worthy of you.
There is no sacrifice that you desire
Except for an open and wonder filled heart,
singing the praises of God
Chorus:

V.4
I will sing a glad song to the Lord.
I will not restrain the joy in my heart.
Your steadfast love has saved my life;
I sing a song of praise to my God
Chorus:

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