Tri-County Bible Church met in our own building for the first time in over 12 years of ministry this last Sunday. It was a remarkable day, filled with joyful thanksgiving for the great things God has done for us and His name. We chose songs which give glory to God, I preached on Psalm 115, then we concluded the service by singing a metrical version of the Psalm, which I composed for the occasion. It was a great blessing to give our praise to God using the very words of Scripture (as friend Joe Tyrpak has urged us to do here). And Psalm 115 was especially fitting for the day because it contains not only a doxology (v. 1), but also a charge to continued faith and praise (vv. 9-11, 18) and a petition for God’s continued blessing (vv. 12-17)—all building on one of my favorite comparisons of God’s living sovereignty with the folly of idolatry (vv. 2-8). All glory to God—who does whatever He wants (v. 3)!
It’s a rich biblical text, and St. George’s Windsor (associated with Come, Ye Thankful People, Come) provides a perfect musical partner for the new poem. We’ve hurried to provide the sheet music for the hymn via ChurchWorksMedia.com with the hopes that many churches might find it useful during Thanksgiving week and beyond. (Thanks for you work on it, Greg Habegger. Your getting it done was a special “housewarming gift” to our church family.) Here are the files and dedication:
Not to Us — Psalm 115 (Text by Chris Anderson; Tune by George J. Elvey)
Written to celebrate the new home of Tri-County Bible Church, November 14, 2010.
Glory to God—and not to us!
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