Since Somewhere Else has moved online, our administrator - Lorraine, has been posting a Psalm for the Week. The following are a collection of the posts so far. We hope that you will find them useful.
Psalm 93 – Lord you are clothed in majesty… A prayer for confidence in troubled times.
Experience the power of the sea as you watch the Eendracht, a Tall Ship, on the North Sea from 05 to 09 September 2011. During that time they experienced a storm (10 beaufort) for about 36 hours. as the storm raged, Kees Waagmeister often thought of the song: The Seas have lifted up ...
Sung by the Australian band Sons of Korah Sing Psalm 93
Listen to Rabbi Jeremy Gimpel sing this song of praise. Look out for the ancient "trumpet" played in this song. Learn more about the Hebrew Roots of the Christian Faith by visiting www.ToPraise.net
Praise the Lord!
Praise God in His sanctuary;
Praise Him in His mighty firmament!
Praise Him for His mighty acts;
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!
Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet;
Praise Him with the lute and harp!
Praise Him with the timbrel and dance;
Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!
Praise Him with loud cymbals;
Priase Hime with clashing cymbals!
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord!
The prayer for the 6th of July was based on Psalm 70
Make haste, o God, to deliver me; make haste to help me, O Lord
I posted a version by Daniel James .
Here is a jazz version by the American Gospel singer Maria Williford .
The message is the same, but the style is different, just like we are all different when we cry to the Lord for help.
Listen to the contemplative singing of Jessi Colter, as she sings Psalm 75 - Unto thee O Lord do we give thanks.
This Psalm reinforces that even though the world is in turmoil, then God is always in control, so we must continue to give thanks.
As we continue to live with the Covid 19 virus in our world, may we always remember this.
His Steadfast Love Endures Forever
A Psalm for giving thanks.
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
Listen to a reading of this psalm from Mana media. May it remind you praise God, this day and everyday, for blessings large & small.
Do you lie awake at night worrying? I know that I sometimes do. This psalm reminds us that God is with us, always protecting us beneath his wings.
I came across a You tube channel called Sing through the Bible - www.youtube.com/singthoughthebible. Amy Treadwll Toy spent 2016-2017 singing the readings of the day. You can find lots of original songs there.
This is a link to a version that was written based on Psalm 63 and is sung by Naia Tillery. It was written by Brandon Toy.
Trust in God under Adversity
In Psalm 3, David is reminded to trust in the Lord, even though he is surrounded by enemies. In this time of Tier 3 restrictions within the Liverpool region, we may question where is God. David reminds us, that if we cry to God for help through prayer then we will be sustained and not be afraid.
Jason Silver has written a beautiful, reflective song based on the words of this Psalm using the words of the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible.
Psalm 8 - Divine Majesty and Human Dignity
This psalm calls on us to meditate on God's creation and man's place in it. How wonderful is God. He is truly glorious.
As "Autumnwatch" begins on our TV screens this week, may we too look around and praise God for all that we see of his beautiful creation.
The Corner Room provide the interpretation of this psalm this week.
Image by Wil Stewart on Unsplash.
Psalm 19 - God's Glory in Creation and the Law (2nd November, 2020)
God reveals himself to us through his Creation and the words written down in the Bible and in our hearts. In this psalm, we are reminded that keeping the word of the Lord gives us peace of mind. We should put our trust in God, especially in these challenging times.
C.S. Lewis - scholar, theologian and writer (you may have read or seen the Narnia stories) wrote, "I take this to be the greatest poem in the Psalter (collection of Psalms) and one of the greatest lyrics in the world."
We return to Jason Silver singing the complete Psalm.
Image by alexandru Zdrobau on Unsplash
Psalm 23 - The Divine Shepherd (9th November, 2020)
Last week, I had an operation. Whilst I was waiting to go to the operating theatre, I sang Howard Goodall's version of this most famous of Psalms to calm my anxious thoughts. Many of you will know the music as the theme tune for the Vicar of Dibley TV programme.
However, as a theme tune not all of the beautiful music is played. My favourite part of the song musically is the section "Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil." It is very atmospheric and dramatic. For me, it helps to emphasise that God is always with us, ready for us to lean into him, especially during our darkest hour. Well's Cathedral Choir sing this version.
I hope that this week's Psalm will provide comfort and reassurance.
Image by Biegun Wschodni on Unsplash.
Psalm 90 - God's Eternity and Human Frailty
This is recorded as a prayer of Moses. In it we are reminded that it is only through working for the glory of God in our daily lives and not for ourselves will life have joy, meaning and purpose.
Our dwelling place and safe place can be found by sheltering in the love of God and Jesus.
Shane and Shane explain their interpretation of this psalm before singing their beautiful rendition: "When the sun comes up satisfy us
for the day has passed us.... satisfy us with your love."
Image by Katie Drazauskaite on Unsplash.
Psalm 33 - The Greatness and Goodness of God
We are reminded in this psalm that God regards worship from His people as beautiful and he appreciates our praise. As we look at his creation, we are in awe of the Lord.
Through his grace, all people in need should be offered mercy by the nations.
As we wait for God's guidance in our lives, we should put our trust in him.
Whilst we cannot meet together in a physical building, we can join in praising God through online worship and devotions. Karl Kohlhase helps us to praise God through his rendition of this psalm.
Image by Austin Neill on Unsplash.