01 January, 2010

A Psalm for the New Year

One of our family traditions for the new year is to sing a portion of Psalm 77 to the old Scottish tune, Auld Lang Syne. We have been doing this for at least 10 years (before Lydia and I were even remotely interested in cultivating a relationship- let alone having 4 children!). This tradition started in our college years in Grand Rapids.

May you all consider what God's calling is for you in 2010. Let us 'commemorate his wondrous deeds of old, and meditate upon his works, of grace and power untold.'

Auld Lang Syne (from the 1912 UP Psalter and the 1927 Psalter Hymnal)

I thought upon the days of old, the years departed long
I held communion with my heart, by night recalled my song.
My heart inquired with anxious care, will God forever spurn?
Shall we no more his favor see? Will mercy ne'er return?

Forever shall his promise fail? Has God forgotten grace?
Has he withdrawn His tender love? In anger hid His face?
These doubts are my infirmity, my thoughts at once reply!
I call back years of God's right hand, the years of God most high!

I will commemorate O Lord, thy wondrous deeds of old,
and meditate upon thy works of power and grace untold.
O God, most holy is thy way, most perfect good, and right;
thou art the only living God, the God of wondrous might!

As we meditate on the wondrous deeds of 2009, let us remember that the year that we are now in will be a year of wondrous might! When doubts and confusion enter our heart- mediate on the things that he has done for his people for thousands of years, and pray, "Lord, do it again!"

Happy new year!

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