I Waited Patiently For God

I waited patiently for God who turned to me and heard me

And rescued me from where I was, a pit both deep and miry.

God drew me up and set my feet upon a rock securely

And put a new song in my mouth, of love and joy most dearly. 

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May many hear and put their trust where happiness awaits them.

Not fall to pride or go astray pursuing gods of mayhem.

You’ve multiplied, O Lord our God, your wondrous deeds and graces.

Your thoughts toward us can’t be compared to those in other places.

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They’re more than words can ever say, beyond what we are counting.

It isn’t sacrifice you want, nor offerings abounding.

You’ve given us an open ear. On hearts your law is written.

We will proclaim your greatness, for there’s nothing to be hidden. 

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It’s our delight to do your will, to tell of your salvation.

We sing about your faithfulness out loud with great elation. 

Your mercy, Lord, won’t be withheld. Our bond cannot be severed. 

Your steadfast love and faithfulness will keep us safe forever.

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Illustration:  Jan Saenredam – Three virtues:  Patientia, British Museum, Public Domain    

Source:    Psalm 40:1-11

Text:  David Alexander, 2020, CC BY-NC SA 4.0

Tune:    St Gall, Public Domain

Score:   https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2013/Score/ToTheeOLordOurHearts-StGall.pdf 

Audio:   www.smallchurchmusic.com  Used by Permission

We Often Get Our Focus Wrong (For March 25)

We often get our focus wrong, think someone good because they’re strong

a president or king or such, compared to God is not so much.

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We’ll pen some praise or half a verse, implying they are of some worth

encouraging their crazy rants, when all we are is sycophants.

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We send our daughters and our sons, to serve the self-selected ones

and lose them to the infamy, of being slaves to tyranny.

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Have mercy on us, God of grace, and help us when we lose our place.

For you alone are worthy of, our praises and devoted love. 

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Illustration:  Allegory of the Tyranny of the Duke of Alba in the Netherlands, Rijksmuseum, Public Domain

Source:  Psalm 45

Text:  David Alexander, 2020 CC BY-NC SA 4.0

Tune:  Rabanus Maurus,  Public Domain

Score: https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2019/Score/SpiritWhoRevivesUs-Maurus-Chords.pdf

Audio:   www.smallchurchmusic.com  Used by Permission

When God Asks for Such and Such (for March 25th)

When God asks for such and such, and you think that it’s too much

think of Ahaz, once a king, who could ask for anything.

He was pious, more than some. God saw him as acting dumb.

Stubbornness meets its response; in audacious nonchalance. 


Image:    The sickbed of Hezekiah:Isaiah prescribes figs, 1467, Netherlands National Museum, Public Domain

Source:    Isaiah 7:10-14

Text:  David Alexander, 2022, CC BY-NC SA 4.0

Tune:    Loughborough College, Public Domain

Score:   https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2014/Score/LovedWith-LoughboroughCollege.pdf 

Audio:   www.smallchurchmusic.com  Used by Permission

Don’t Waste the Space

We tend to think that suffering’s related to our sins.

That’s not the case. A fate awaits for all who won’t repent.

We’ve been created to do good, producing pleasant fruit.

Don’t waste the space your carcass takes, or you may get the boot!


Photo:   Carriage Boots,  Metropolitan Museum of Art, Public Domain

Source:   Luke 13:1-9

Text:  David Alexander, 2022, CC BY-NC SA 4.0

Tune:  Ellacombe, Public Domain

Score:https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2017/Score/ISingTheMighty-Ellacombe-Chords.pdf 

Audio:  www.smallchurchmusic.com  Used by Permission

My Soul’s Been Fully Fed

As after feasting richly, now 

my soul’s been fully fed. 

I’m soaring with excitement though 

I meditate in bed.

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For God has been the shield to whom 

I’ll turn and ever cling.

Iin shadow of protecting wings 

with joy my heart will sing.  

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Image:  A. Boyar, Wedding Feast, 1883   Public Domain

Source:   Psalm 63: 5-8

Text:   David Alexander, 2020 nCC BY-NC SA 4.0

Tune:   Abbey, Publc Domaini

Score:   https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/Score_PDF/AccordingToThyGracious-Abbey.pdf

Audio:www.smallchurchmusic.com Used by Permission

There’s No Relief in Politics

For you, O God, my flesh is faint, 

my soul as well knows thirst.

There’s no relief in politics, 

and sometimes none in church.

So I have searched inside and found 

your love, alive within my heart.

With ev’rything I am, I’ll bless your name. 

These words are but a start.

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Photo: 1992 Democratic National Convention.  Library of Congress. Public Domain

Source: Psalm 63:1-4

Text: David Alexander, 2020    CC BY-NC SA 4.0

Tune: The Seven Joys of Mary

Score:    https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2012/Score/OneHumanFamily-7Joys.pdf

Audio:www.smallchurchmusic.com  Used by Permission

Don’t Be Unaware

Don’t be unaware, my kindred, your ancestors were not clear,

When they joined the little band and, following someone, came here.

Though convinced their cause was righteous, and their methods were divine,

Yet they failed to please their maker, falling out along the line. 

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See them as a good example of the things that evil does.

Hold control as you engage with food and treasure, come what must.

Sex is good, for God designed it. Don’t get lost in wanton ways.

Find your limits and respect them. Let them guide you all your days. 

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Thank the Lord for stories that, when passed along, can show the way.

If we stand by our own strength we’ll fall, so near to God we stay.

Everyone is tempted, tested. God knows where your limits lay.

With the challenge God provides enduring pow’r to pass the day. 

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Photo:   Pocahontas, 1906, par Elmer Boyd Smith ː Pocahontas écoute les histoires de sa tribu. Public Domain

Source:   1 Corinthians 10:1-13

Text:  David Alexander, 2022, CC BY-NC SA 4.0

Tune:  Austria, Public Domain

Score:  https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/Score_PDF/GloriousThingsOfThee-Austria.pdf 

Audio:  www.smallchurchmusic.com  Used by Permission

Everyone who Thirsts

Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters, come and drink. 

You who have no money also come to buy and eat.

Wine and milk are free for all. Come to the One who meets your need. 

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Do not spend or labor for what will not satisfy.

Pay attention; eat what’s good, in which you can delight. 

Live in confidence that God Eternal will be at your side. 

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You are near to One who hears you. Call upon your God.

Let the wicked turn from evil. Think upon the Lord.

Turn towards mercy; find full pardon; freely given in the Word.

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All our thoughts and ways are lower than those of the Lord.

Stars and planets move around us, so don’t find it weird.

We are humble, God is great, who holds all of creation dear. 

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Photo:   Sitting man drinking. Rijksmuseum. Public Domain

Source:   Isaiah 55:1-9

Text:  David Alexander, 2022, CC BY-NC SA 4.0

Tune:  Angel Voices, Public Domain

Score: https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/Score_PDF/AngelVoices-Monk.pdf 

Audio:  www.smallchurchmusic.com  Used by Permission