From the Morning Scripture Readings
Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing; thou hast loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness, that my soul may praise thee and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to thee for ever.
--Psalm 30: 11,12 (RSV)
I have always loved the KJV translation of this verse:
Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.
Posted September 8, 2007 at 9:25 am
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1. Words Matter wrote:
This KJV text is set to a wonderful old pentecostal chorus. I found an mp3 file of it at http://www.gracesongs.net/ Unfortunately, it’s set to an obnoxious do-wap beat that I’d never heard before. But the tune and words are there.
Reasonable people always fear nascent fascism.
September 8, 11:28 am | [comment link]
2. Sam Keyes wrote:
Thanks for posting these. I have noticed lately how powerfully the Psalms speak in the morning office. They have a way of sneaking up on you when you least expect it.
September 8, 12:17 pm | [comment link]
3. Larry Morse wrote:
Ah, Kendall, give me that King James language any time at all. What lyrics they made to the old song!
September 8, 7:53 pm | [comment link]
It is impossible to demonstrate that truth is beauty and vice versa, but sometimes it is so clear that there can be nothing more said. Larry
4. Rocks wrote:
3 O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.
9What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?
This is my favorite psalm. I was once asked to read the 23rd psalm at a funeral service. I asked to read this instead. To me it is exactly what I would say when I stay before the Lord. The 23rd is beautiful but to me it seems to be something that relates to the start of a Christian life. Instead of funerals the 23rd should be read by everyone at their Confirmation.
And yes I will take the Thees and Thous every time thanks.
There is a tendency among many shallow thinkers of our day to teach that every human act is a reflex, over which we do not exercise human control. They would rate a generous deed as no more praiseworthy than a wink, a crime as no more voluntary than a sneeze . . . such a philosophy undercuts all human dignity . . . all of us have the power of choice in action at every moment of our lives—Fulton J. Sheen
September 8, 10:25 pm | [comment link]
5. evan miller wrote:
Yesterday Psalm 1 was read at Morning Prayer. I assume it was from the NIV, but I could be mistaken. Poor stuff compared to the beauty of the KJV version.
September 10, 2:42 pm | [comment link]
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