Gosh sometimes I really just need to hear some old school hymns, know what I mean? Not that there is anything wrong with contemporary worship music (I love me some All Sons and Daughters and Hillsong!) but there have been times lately where my soul just needs to go back to the basics and worship with some of the more beautiful words I've personally ever sang along to.
There's a band you've probably already heard me mention, Page CXVI. Sheesh friends...these guys rock. They've committed themselves to making hymns more accessible and known again to our younger generations. Amazing right? They've got albums upon albums of all the older hymns you may totally remember, but sung in a more modern, almost folk-like way. I just love it. Like, can't get enough of it.
Best part? These hymns that I used to sing in grade school and had forgotten about, are now what I wake up singing most mornings! Pretty much the best way to wake up. Ever.
O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.
Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you.
Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God! O men of blood, depart from me!
They speak against you with malicious intent; your enemies take your name in vain. Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord? And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
I hate them with complete hatred; I count them my enemies.
Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!
- Psalm 139