In the earlier days, I was never interested or I never had any feeling for the Psalms in the Bible. Guess it is because my spiritual life had not grown to that level then?
Until the year 1994 when I was doing my second year Bible School, was I attracted and touched by Psalms. At that time I began to compose many songs from Psalms, sometimes even 3 to 4 songs a day!
I am also very grateful to God that I could write those verses into songs without adding or subtracting one word from the verses, and hence that helped me memorize many verses as well…
Many people like to ask, of all the many songs I have written or the 16 albums I have released, which song(s)or album(s) are my favourites? Without hesitation, I would always reply: Psalms!
The biggest reason is Psalms are all the words of God, not a single bit of my own thought or word inside, that is why I feel they are very special…
And also many of them, being rather “thick-skinned”, I feel that the melodies are quite nice too, haha!
Here I am going to share with you two songs written over different period of time, one was written in 1994 “Like a Bird”, and one written this year 2011 “How Lovely”.
In fact I wrote a version of “how Lovely” too in 1994 but was never satisfied with it, until this year when I re-wrote it, only then I felt it had the “correct feel”!
And when I taught it in church, looking at the congregation’s response and how they were touched, I knew the timing had come!
林義忠創作室 / GT Lim’s Creative Room
雀鳥 / Like a bird
詞 / Lyrics：詩篇 Psalms 124:7-8; 63:7-8
曲 / Music：林義忠 / GT Lim
(寫於 / Written on : 07-03-1994)
We have escaped like a bird out of the fowler’s snare
The snare has been broken, and we have escaped
Our help is in the name of the LORD
The Maker of heaven and earth, of heaven and earth
Because you are my help
I sing in the shadow of your wings
My soul clings to you
Your right hand upholds me
林義忠創作室 GT Lim’s Creative Room
(詞/Lyrics：詩篇Psalm 84：1-4; 曲/Music：林義忠 GT Lim – 23/06/2011）
My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord
My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God
O Lord Almighty
My King and my God
A place near Your altar
Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself
Blessed are those who dwell in Your house
They are ever praising You
How lovely is Your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty