[It’s Thanksgiving so] Name that Psalmy Tune


I am thankful that God really likes good words and poetry and songs. I am thankful that the biggest book in the canon is a Songbook. I’m thankful for the mysterious way those Psalms have pulled me out of despair, so many times. I’m thankful that King David sang/shouted/asked such awful (and awfully honest) questions–like, God-Why-have-you-forsaken-me–and then Jesus shouted that self-same question on the cross. (Jesus must’ve sang a lot as he grew up.)

I’m thankful that God makes room for our questions, and then doesn’t leave the room.

I am thankful for 150 songs of which I do not (yet) know the ancient tune, nor the official iTunes title.

One of the ways I try to interact with the Psalms is by giving the (boring) chapter numbers imaginary song-titles. (It was Tate Johnston’s idea. I snuck into his Bible once.)

This summer I got a shiny-new TNIV and decided to write some Psalm song-titles all over again. Over the next week or so, I’ll show you some of the titles I’ve made, in bundles of 15. (I started reading mid-songbook, so I’ll start with Psalm 89). Feel free to add your own titles to your favorite secret Psalmy tunes:

Psalm’s Song Titles, as I Imagine Them (89-103)

89. Even in Pain, Your Faithfulness Reigns
90. Our Days are so Short!
91. His Shelter and Protection
92. How to Stay Green and Fresh
93. Stronger than the Seas
94. Arise, Judge and Lover!
95. Do Not Harden our Hearts
96. The Righteous Judge is Coming!
97. The Lord of All the Earth
98. He Will Judge With Equity
99. Worship at His Feet
100. Say “Thank You” First
101. Help Me Live Your Justice
102. Pain and Promise
103. Forget Not His Goodness, You

(Headphone self-portrait by Shifty Eyes)

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