Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs

Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs

Seeing that man in his finitude and his fallen state is unable to know God and worship Him as is fitting for His glory (Genesis 4:3-5, Romans 1:18-32; 3:10-18; 14:23, 1 Timothy 6:16), we confess that all areas of the worship of God are to be governed by God’s special revelation in His word, the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16-17). All worship, including musical worship, is to be what God gives to us for our worship so that we may worship Him in faith without the stain of idolatry according to the whims and imaginations of men. This is the regulative principle of worship. See II in “Our Approach to Ministry”.

In our zeal for obedience to Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16, we believe there is room for singing hymns and spiritual songs that are primarily Scripture, but the fact that singing the book of Psalms in congregational worship is completely nonexistent in the church is not only a detriment to the health of the church, it is in disobedience to the Holy Spirit who wrote the psalms through the prophets and has led to the sickly wicked state of our cities and country. We believe that it is good and commanded by God to sing every Psalm, from 1 to 150, so that God’s people will be equipped as soldiers to fight, not flesh and blood, but the principalities and powers of darkness from which we’ve been saved by Christ our King. This includes imprecatory prayers in the Psalms, and psalms of judgement should also be sung as it is pleasing to God (Luke 18:7, 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10, Revelation 6:10; 19:1-5). See XXV in “Our Approach to Ministry”.

Since God’s elect have sung the Psalms for thousands of years, the aforementioned passages command the Psalms as the primary method of musical worship, and God gave us the Psalms specifically for us to sing praises to Him that are pleasing to Him and edifying to the saints, we are seeking to sing these Psalms in the most helpful way for God’s saints. This project is intended for our congregation, but we hope that it will lead others as well to be singing Psalms and the Scripture privately and in public worship on the Lord’s day. “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!”, Psalms 150:6

Rights and Permissions
Every Psalm and Hymn listed here uses tunes and lyrics that are in the public domain or lyrics that are written by Christ Reformed Church, and they may be downloaded freely.

Copies may be made freely and distributed for public and private use. The songs may be sung publicly and privately, recorded, and live-streamed without any conflict except it may not be used for profit or under the guise of taking credit for it.

If you believe any of the lyrics or tunes could be improved by changes or different tunes, please let us know by contacting us via email at crcshawnee@gmail.com or on Facebook and we will consider changing it so that the Psalms may be sung more effectively.

Psalm 4

Tune: Southern Harmony, 1853
Meter: 12 9 12 12 9
Score: Wondrous Love

Psalm 8

Tune: W. Gardner's Sacred Melodies, 1815; attr. Haydn
Meter: 10.10.11.11 LYONS
Score: O Worship the King All Glorious Above

Psalm 33

Tune: Welsh Melody
Meter: 12.11.12.11.D
Score: The Master Hath Come

Psalm 43

Tune: Kentucky Harmony, 1816 (harm. by C.W. Douglas)
Meter: 8.6.8.6.8.6
Score: The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns

Psalm 62

Tune: Jean Sibelius 1899
Meter: 10.10.10.10.10.10
Score: Be Still, My Soul

Psalm 63

Tune: J. Wyeth's Repository of Sacred Music, Part II, 1813
Meter: 87 87 D
Score: Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Psalm 67

Tune: Aaron Williams 1763
Meter: 6.6.8.6 SM
Score: Rise Up O Men of God

Psalm 70

Tune: William Damon's Psalms, 1579
Meter: SM
Score: Lord Jesus Think On Me

Psalm 98

Tune: Gesangbuch der Herzogl, 1784
Meter: 7.6.7.6.D
Score: I Sing the Mighty Power of God

Psalm 113

Tune: Welsh, in J. Roberts' Caniadau y Cyssegr, 1839
Meter: 11.11.11.11
Score: Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

Psalm 117

Tune: Carl G. Gläser, 1828, adapt. and arr. Lowell Mason, 189
Meter: CM
Score: O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing

Psalm 123

Tune: Weyman's Melodia Sacra, 1815; arr. George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Meter: CM
Score: While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

Psalm 125

Tune: Irish Melody
Meter: 8.7.8.7
Score: The King of Love My Shepherd Is

Psalm 130

Tune: Ralph E. Hudson (1843-1901) ref. melody John H. Hewitt (1801-1890)
Meter: CM
Score: Als and Did My Savior Bleed

Psalm 131

Tune: Robert Jackson (1842-1914)
Meter: 6.6.8.7
Score: Breathe on Me Breath of God

Psalm 133

Tune: William H. Walter (1825-1893)
Meter: SM
Score: Rise Up O Men of God (alternate)

Psalm 134

Tune: Alexander R. Rienagle (1799-1877)
Meter: CM
Score: In Christ There Is No East of West

Psalm 150

Tune: William B. Bradbury (1816-1868)
Meter: LM Refrain
Score: The Solid Rock

Isaiah 46

Tune: Traditional English Melody 16th c.; harm. John Stainer, 1840-1901
Meter: 8.7.8.7 D GREENSLEVES
Score: What Child Is This

Zechariah's Prophecy - Luke 1:68-79

Tune: Robert Lowry, 1862-1899
Meter: 6.4.6.4 Refrain
Score: I need Thee Every Hour

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