We’ll Continue Shouting Loud

Our fortress and our refuge place, you shine just like a precious jewel.

When wicked people seek our lives, they reach and tear, they’re grasping cruel.

You’ve been our hope since once you took us from the dark of mothers’ wombs.

We’ll trust and praise you past the day we rest inside the dark of tombs.

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Some who have seen us have been drawn to likewise put their trust in you.

So now that we have met with dread, now doubt your reputation, too. 

Forsake us not and haste to help, and scorn the ones who hope to shame.

Then we will tell of how you save, and praise your mighty deeds and name.

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The things you taught us in our youth, when old we still affirm and tell.

There’s none like you who reaches down, to rescue, save and make folks well.

So as before, you’ll do again, and we’ll continue shouting loud, 

the things you’ve done to help your own, by putting slanderers to rout.

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Photo:   by Sushil Nash on Unsplash

Source:  Psalm 71    

Text:  © David Alexander, 2020

Tune: Tallis’ Lamentation

Score:  https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2013/Score/OMasterItIsGood-TallisLamentation.pdf

Make Haste (Psalm 70)

Let them all be put to shame; turn them back, besmirch their names.

They would love to hear us cry, make us hurt and see us die.

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   Hur-ry-God, to make us free. Hur-ry God, de-li-ve-ry

   Come and rescue,  come and rescue, no one else but you knows what we need.

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As for all who seek your grace, that’s where we’re in the best place.

Come in haste, we can not wait. We’ll be shouting,  ‘God is great!’

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Photo by Brad Collum on Unsplash

Source: Psalm 70

Text: (c) David Alexander, 2020

Tune: Infant Praise

Score: https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/Score_PDF/ChildrenOfJerusalem.pdf

Audio:

The Ocean Waits to Wave

My sin has found me out, my God. It feels like I may drown.

What’s worse is that it’s known by folks who tell it all around.

When one like me who others had assumed as good is trashed,

YOUR reputation, God, gets hurt, and faith itself gets smashed. 

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My churchly self took umbrage when some others slandered faith,

I acted very holy and I fasted every day.

But now that truth is out there, and the slanderers have fun

There’s no one else to blame so save me, God, I want this done!

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You’re good, O God, I’ll trust in you. But I’ve got enemies

who gloat at my undoing and tell everyone they see,

about my situation as they cackle in their glee.

So smash them, God, and trap them in the middle of their spree.

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Here in my lowly station may salvation find me soon.

While raisin’ I’ll be praisin’ and some offering be doin’.

When news of what you’ve done for me makes headlines, YOU’LL be praised. 

So get to work O savior, ‘cause the ocean waits to wave.

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Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash

Source:  Psalm 69

Text:  © David Alexander, 2020

Tune:  Stettin

Score:  https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2013/Score/TheSonOfGod-Stettin-NunSeht.pdf

Everyone’s God

May God be gracious unto us with shining face so bright, that all may see God’s way on earth and nations saved from fright.  

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May peoples praise the God who saves, all people sing with mirth. May nations sing for joy God’s equal judgments on the earth. 

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As God designed, the harvest comes for everyone to share.                                                     The blessings of the Lord are free to people everywhere. 

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Photo by The New York Public Library on Unsplash

Source:  Psalm 67

Text: © David Alexander, 2020

Tune: St Francis Xavier

Score:  https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/Score_PDF/MyGodILoveThee-StFrancisXavier.pdf

Though Deeply Flawed

Praise God, with song now all on earth,                                                                                          what God has done, both see and learn.                                                                                           If we have strayed, we may return,                                                                                                 these tests refine and prove our worth.                                                                                        Though deeply flawed, we’re yet God’s church;                                                                            we bring our gifts from all the earth.                                                                                                We trust when praying we’re surely heard.                                                                                     We’re blessed to have been loved since birth.

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Photo by Katia De Juan on Unsplash

Source:  Psalm 66

Text:  © David Alexander, 2020

Tune: Ye Banks and Braes

Score:  https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2012/Score/WeCannotMeasure-YeBanks.pdf

God’s River’s Full of Water

Because you answer prayer, Lord, which we should not forget                                                   when sin in us accumulates and you forgive our debt,                                                                a life of concord with you and in nearness to your side                                                             is happy, filled with goodness. Those you choose are satisfied. 

By awesome deeds you answer; you’ve protected us from birth,                                                   O God of our salvation and the hope of all the earth.                                                                     The mountains you establish. You subdue the roaring seas.                                                     Around the world all people see the signs you post to heed. 

Your river’s full of water and your valleys ripe with grain.                                                           You crown the year with bounty and relieve our lives of strain.                                                   When harvest is sufficient it’s with joy that we respond,                                                            and trust we have a future in the years to come beyond. 

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Photo by Gláuber Sampaio on Unsplash

Source:  Psalm 65 

Text: © David Alexander, 2020

Tune:  Republic

Score:  https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2012/Score/OLordOurGod-Republic.pdf

Audio:   (Pipe Organ) https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2012/MP3/MP3-OLordOurGod-Repbulic-PipeAS-128-CAM.mp3

Refuge from Disgrace

Bad people don’t fight fairly, Lord; please save me from their plots.

Their tongues are sharp, their words are hard, and they take fearless shots.

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There’s no relent in their intent to set out secret snares.

They’re very keen to stay unseen as evil they prepare.

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So shoot them down, and wound them, quick, and bring them to their ruin.

Then everyone will spread the word of what you have been doin’.

—-

We’ll think about the way that you provide a special place

where righteous folks of ev’ry type find refuge from disgrace.

—- 

Photo by Nathaniel Vala on Unsplash

Source:   Psalm 64

Text:   © David Alexander, 2020

Tune:  Marlow

Score:  https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/Score_PDF-2010/AmIASoldier-Marlow.pdf

Prey for Jackals, Food for Birds

Prey for jackals, food for birds, 

in the ditches of the earth,

those who by the sword took life 

brought upon themselves this strife.

When those liars’ mouths get stopped; 

honest folks rejoice in God.  


Photo by Roberto Navarro on Unsplash

Source: Psalm 63:9-11

Text:   © David Alexander, 2020

Tune:   Pressburg (Nicht So Traurig)

Score:   https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2013/Score/NowTheLabourers-Pressburg.pdf

My Soul’s Been Fully Fed (Psalm 63:5-8)

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.

In shadow of protecting wings 

with joy my heart will sing.  

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Photo by Shaafi Ali on Unsplash

Tune:   Abbey

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

Source:   Psalm 63: 5-8

Text:   © David Alexander, 2020

There’s No Relief in Politics

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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 by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Source: Psalm 42

Text: © David Alexander, 2020    

Tune: The Seven Joys of Mary

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