Over the last four weeks, we have been learning Blest Be The Lord, My Rock, My Might (Psalm 144) —and I must confess that I’ll be a bit sad to see it go. The melody has a martial character (to complement the imagery of swords, shields, and victory in the psalm), and is structured around the pentatonic scale, a five note scale commonly used in Appalachia as well as in folk music across the globe (How Firm A Foundation, which we will also sing today, has a similar structure). The text, a prayer of David that the Lord would give him victory over his foes, is adapted from Psalm 144:1-2, 5-10, a text that has come to my mind quite often throughout a very turbulent year in the Western world. Of course, we have an advantage over David—we are looking back on what God has already accomplished! As we read in our sermon text today, Babylon is fallen. The Lord has rescued us from those who surround us, “filled with craft and wrong.” He has heard our prayer.
—Henry C. Haffner
Key Words: Singing, Redeemed, Firstfruits, Fallen, Beast, Mark, Endurance
Keystone Verse: Here is a call for the endurance of the saints (Revelation 14:12a)