Not What We’re Used To

The heavens tell God’s glory, the sky her maker’s craft.

Both speech and knowledge flourish as night and day both pass.

But, words are not required, and voice need not be heard,

Creation tells God’s story: love for all on earth.

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May words and meditations of mouth and heart and mind

Find heavenly acceptance in our creator’s sight.

Our rock and our redeemer, our source and only stay,

Our thanks to you we offer, this and ev’ry day.

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Source: Psalm 19:1-3 & 14

Text:   ©  David Alexander, 2020 

Tune:  Rutherford  

Score:    https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/Score_PDF/TheSandsOfTime-Rutherford.pdf

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Skies are proclaiming the glory of God.

Stars give their witness to all that’s been made.

Sun like a bridegroom bursts forth ev’ry dawn;

Running with strength and with joy all the way.

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As the sun passes high over our heads

Nothing escapes from its light or its heat.

May all our thoughts and the words that we’ve said

Find full acceptance from God who redeems. 

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Source:   (Psalm 19: 1, 4b-6 & 14)

Text:    © David Alexander, 2020

Tune:   Bonnie George Campbell 

Score:    https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2012/Score/ChristBeMyLeader-BonnieGC.pdf

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In the perfection of the law of God the soul can be revised.

Finding foundations in what God decrees, the simple are made wise

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What can be known from e’re there was a mind; the heart in joy finds right,

and the commands that from our Maker come give light unto our eyes.

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Awe-filled regard for all God is and does will evermore endure

What we have seen of God’s own righteousness is altogether pure. 

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Sweeter than honey from the purest source, more valued than fine gold,

This law will guide us, lead to our reward within our shepherd’s fold. 

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Thus may the meditations of my heart and ev’ry thing I say

Find full acceptance, for you, God, alone, redeem and keep me safe.


Source:   (Psalm 19:7-11 & 14)

Text:    © David Alexander, 2020

Tune:    St Nicholas

Score:   https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2012/Score/OBrightnessOfThe-StNicholas.pdf 

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Who can detect their errors?

Lord, clear me of my faults.

Keep back your servant also 

from insolence and gall. 

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Let no one dominate me,

Then blameless I shall be. 

and free of great transgression.

Within your company.

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In all I say and ponder

Let one thing be my aim

To find myself accepted

O Lord of holy name. 

Source  (Psalm 19:12-14)

Text: © David Alexander, 2020

Tune: Cherry Tree Carol

Score: https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/Score_PDF-2010/AnotherYearIsDawning-CherryTree.pdf

3 Replies to “Not What We’re Used To”

  1. Poems and songs are a great way to keep passages like Psalm 19 in our hearts and minds!

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  2. Thanks for sharing your new hymns and music, Dave. I have only looked at the first one you sent me. Nice going. If I may ask, how long does it take to compose a verse or two? Do you look for the music first and write the text to fit the meter or the other way around?

    Hope you survived yesterday’s storm adventure! When the strong winds and heavy rain came through, I was reminded of the many typhoons I experienced in Taiwan. Of course, yesterday’s storm doesn’t compare to those, but it is something about which to talk.

    Blessings, Judy

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