I will depart from my usual practice of sharing some music that fits with the scriptures for the week as I find myself reflecting on last week’s Psalm, Psalm 23. You heard Dean Melinda talk about the portion of the Psalm, "...he leads me beside the still waters; he restores my soul." It is difficult to articulate the depth of what we are feeling. Weariness and emptiness are what come to my mind. So today, I suggest you listen to some “soul” music. For you that may mean some Rhythm and Blues, which could definitely soothe your soul. But I suggest this beautiful piece by American composer, Ned Rorem, "Sing, My Soul, His Wondrous Love." This is one of the first texts that I thought of when our stay-at-home time began. “Ever watchful o’er our race, still to us extends his grace.” Comforting words in terrible times. It is sung here by the Choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge.
"Sing My Soul, His Wondrous Love"
Sing, my soul, his wondrous love, who, from yon bright throne above,
ever watchful o'er our race, still to us extends his grace.
Heaven and earth by him were made; all is by his scepter swayed;
what are we that he should show so much love to us below?
God, the merciful and good, bought us with the Savior's blood,
and, to make salvation sure, guides us by his Spirit pure.
Sing, my soul, adore his Name!
Let his glory be thy theme: praise him till he calls thee home;
trust his love for all to come.