The Selah Service Reflections series features readings from the Psalms with music produced by Selah worship leader, Jeff Johnson. There is also a two minute time for silent prayer featuring the sound of the ocean outside the Abbey of Iona, Scotland.
released October 10, 2014
Lord, open our lips,
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
☩ From Psalm 51
For The Beauty Of The Earth
☩ Music by Conrad Kocher, 1838 (Public Domain) /
Arrangement by Jeff Johnson
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them,
and there is nothing hidden from its heat.
The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is clean,
the rules of the Lord are true,
and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
Who can discern his errors?
Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless,
and innocent of great transgression.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
Silent Prayer (2 minutes)
☩Ocean / Abbey of Iona, Scotland
I Look To The Hills
I look to the hills –
from where does my help come from?
It comes from the maker of heaven and earth.
My keeper will not let my foot slip –
he does not slumber;
nor does he sleep at night.
He is the shade on my right hand –
the sun will not smite me by day,
nor the moon by night.
He keeps my soul from evil,
he guards my soul from evil,
he guards my going out and coming in again,
from this day forth and evermore.
© Jeff Johnson / Sola Scriptura Songs / From Psalm 121
Total time: 10:29
Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
“For The Beauty Of The Earth” from the CD, BROKEN, GAZING
Jeff Johnson: Piano & keys
Wendy Goodwin: Violin
Brian Dunning: Flute
Phil Baker: Bass
Trevor Fitzpatrick: Cello
Mike Snyder: Cymbals
“I Look To The Hills” from the CD, ANTIPHON
Jeff Johnson: Keys & vocals
Artwork by Kathy Hastings (www.kathyhastings.com