One of the best things about this year has been “Sunroom Psalms” in the morning with Sara. We would sit in our little sunroom, and immerse ourselves in a psalm. Written as songs, the Psalms offer much more than theology, or quotable inspiration. The Psalms capture what our hearts need to say to God, and what He says to us.
Many musicians have set psalms to music. Sons of Korah is one of the best. Want to try a little immersion yourself? You’ll just need 10-15 minutes. Play the song below, and read the text as you listen. Read the text repeatedly. Don’t be distracted that the song doesn’t follow the psalm word-for-word. Absorb the emotion and message.
After you meditate on the first six verses, the rest of psalm is below. Enjoy, and before you begin, ask the Lord to give you what your heart needs today, through His Word.
Psalm 19a, by The Sons of Korah. Album: Wait. Buy here.
Psalm 19:1-6 — For the director of music. A psalm of David.
1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
5 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
6 It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is deprived of its warmth.
1. What stood out to you?
2. How would you summarize the message of these 6 verses in your own words?
3. What is spoken of, and proclaimed, in these verses?
Now continue with the second half of Psalm 19…
Psalm 19b, by The Sons of Korah. Album: Wait. Buy here.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the Lord are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is pure,
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
and all of them are righteous.
10 They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the honeycomb.
11 By them your servant is warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
12 But who can discern their own errors?
Forgive my hidden faults.
13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;
may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless,
innocent of great transgression.
14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
1. What stood out to you?
2. How would you summarize these verses in your own words?
3. There was a lot about speech in verses 1-4. Who speaks now in verses 7-9?
4. Finally, how should all this speaking by others affect you, according to verse 14?
Learn more about the Psalms, the Sons of Korah, and order their music at: sonsofkorah.com Here’s a video of them performing Psalm 19a: