Monday, January 11, 2016

Psalm 20 Music



Psalm 20 has been on my radar for several years now. I love the words...May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble... may He grant you according to your heart's desire... and so on. Beautiful. What a beautiful blessing, and an expression of God's desire toward us.

I came up with the guitar diddy first (on Oct 26, 2015), and then flipped through a few psalms to see if I could make the words fit. I was delighted to hear Psalm 20 come alive; I've tried at various times for years with no success. But when the words and music connect, something resonates inside of me that says, "this is it!" Sometimes I marvel when I write music, thinking, "that sounds so good... how could I ever write music like that?!"

A week ago or so, I was playing with an app on my iphone called Loopy HD, which can be used to create music loops. I thought the Psalm 20 diddy would lend itself to looping, so I recorded the guitar part and then added another loop hitting the guitar to make the percussion sounds. Very simple, but I like the result.

I pray that as you listen to this, you hear God's heart for you - these words are an expression of His will, His desire - and that as you hear, you will meditate on the word of God day and night until you hear the Holy Spirit say, "This is for you!"

1 May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble;
May the name of the God of Jacob defend you;

2 May He send you help from the sanctuary,
And strengthen you out of Zion;

3 May He remember all your offerings,
And accept your burnt sacrifice. Selah

4 May He grant you according to your heart’s desire,
And fulfill all your purpose.

5 We will rejoice in your salvation,
And in the name of our God we will set up our banners!
May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.

6 Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed;
He will answer him from His holy heaven
With the saving strength of His right hand.

7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses;
But we will remember the name of the Lord our God.

8 They have bowed down and fallen;
But we have risen and stand upright.

9 Save, Lord!
May the King answer us when we call.


Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.