It's high time for another "Sunday hymn," so today I'll be posting a psalm; it's one we decided to learn to sing for Dad's birthday celebration yesterday. Out of 150 psalms, we settled on the 21st (select stanzas of it). It speaks of God's blessing in King David's life and seemed quite appropriate to sing in honor of Dad's 50th. Below are the verses we sang--the parts where it says "the king" we changed to "our dad." :) Hey, it's already a paraphrase, right?
Psalm 21 from the The Whole Book of Psalms Collected into English Metre
O Lord, how joyful is the king
in thy strength and thy pow'r !
Exceedingly he doth rejoice
in thee his Savior.
For thou hast given unto him
his godly heart's desire;
To him thou nothing hast denied
of that he did require.
Thou didst present him with thy gifts
and blessings manifold;
And thou hast set upon his head
a crown of perfect gold,
And when he ask-ed life of thee,
thereof thou mad'st him sure
To have long life, yea, such a life
as ever shall endure.
Great is his glory by thy help,
thy benefit and aid;
Great worship and great honor both
thou hast upon him laid.
Because the king doth strongly trust
in God for to prevail;
Therefore his goodness and his grace
to save him will not fail.
This website has psalms from several different psalters and the tunes used with them. You can click on each tune to listen to the melodies. We chose the tune Arlington (Am I a Soldier of the Cross) since the version we selected of Psalm 21 is in common meter. I wish we'd had more time to practice so that our parts would have been more fine-tuned, but I think Dad enjoyed our musical gift nonetheless!