“We preach Christ crucified”
1 Corinthians 1:23

Praise Ye The Lord

Psalm 147:1-7, 11-12
© 2007 Samuel House Ministries 

This is a perfect example of how to memorize long Scriptures through song.  If I was ever in a place where I could not have a Bible, I could sing these verses over and over to myself and be comforted.  I could share them with others and comfort them.  Sometimes, I sing the third verse when I look up at the stars at night, reminding myself of how perfectly God is in control of everything in the universe, knowing that the God who has named every star is my God and my King.

Praise Ye The Lord

Praise ye the Lord for it is good
To sing praises unto our God
For it is pleasant and praise is comely
Oh praise ye the Lord

The Lord doth build up Jerusalem
He gathers together the outcasts of Israel
He healeth the broken in heart
And bindeth up all their wounds

He telleth the number of the stars
He calleth them all by their names
Great is our Lord and of great power
His understanding infinite

The Lord lifteth up all the humble
He casteth the wicked down to the ground
Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving
Sing praise upon the harp to our God

The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear Him
In those that hope in His mercy
Praise ye the Lord, Oh JerusalemOh praise Thy God, Oh Zion

Thou Wilt Keep Him In Perfect Peace

Isaiah 26:3, 9, 1, 4
© 2007 Samuel House Ministries 

These Scriptures were put to music during a very difficult time when I needed to remind myself to stay focused on the Lord and not on the circumstances surrounding me.  Did He keep me in his perfect peace during that time?  Yes, completely!

Thou Wilt Keep Him In Perfect Peace

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace
Whose mind is stayed upon Thee
Because he trusteth in Thee, O Lord
Because he trusteth in Thee

With my soul have I desired Thee
In the darkness of night
Yea, with my spirit within me
I seek Thee in the morning

In that day shall this song be sung
In the land of Judah
Trust ye in the Lord forever
The Lord Jehovah

Create In Me A Clean Heart

Psalm 51:10-13 (adaptation)
2007 Samuel House Ministries 

This is an “adaptation” of an old, favorite song which I just changed a bit to make it more meaningful for me to sing.  Like David, I have prayed in this way, and God faithfully lifted me back up into His arms and restored to me the “joy of salvation.”  And now, also like David, my heart’s desire is to bring sinners to Him and to teach transgressors the ways of the Lord.

Create In Me A Clean Heart

Create in me a clean heart, Oh God
And renew a right spirit within me
Cast me not away from Thy presence, Oh Lord
And take not Thy Holy Spirit from me

Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation
And uphold me with Thy free Spirit
Then will I teach transgressors Thy ways, Oh Lord
And sinners shall be brought unto Thee

Our Father Which Art In Heaven

Matthew 6:9-13
2007 Samuel House Ministries 

Scriptural songs are such a good way to memorize Scriptures!  This prayer is usually sung to a very solemn melody.  I wanted it, in this version, to reflect the joy of the Lord and still maintain its reverent quality.  I feel so happy when I “pray” this song; I am always reminded that our Father has all the sovereignty and all the power.  My heart then sings with great joy, “Amen!  Amen!  Amen!”

Our Father Which Art In Heaven

Our Father which art in heaven
Hallowed be Thy name
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done
In earth as it is in heaven

Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our debts
As we forgive our debtors
And lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil

For Thine is the kingdom and the power
And the glory forever
For Thine is the kingdom and the power
And the glory forever

Amen and Amen
And Amen, Amen
Amen and Amen
And Amen

The Lord Is My Shepherd

Psalm 23
2007 Samuel House Ministries 

This is a wonderful psalm to sing.  Can you hear my husband beating on his little bongo drums in the background?  Originally, we recorded these songs without any intention of sharing them with anyone; we used a tiny palm-sized cassette tape recorder because I don’t know how to write music and we wanted to try and save them somehow.  There is a moment (right after the word “pastures” where I pause to wipe something off my face (but my husband keeps pounding away).  I always laugh when I hear it.  Also, I consider the part where I slip into falsetto, singing “for His namesake” (and yodel a bit) to be the moment when I feel “the anointing” that thrills me every time I sing it.  Soon after putting these verses to music, I did experience “the valley of the shadow of death.”  I feared no evil, He was with me, and His rod (the Word) and His staff (the Holy Spirit) did indeed comfort me.

The Lord Is My Shepherd

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want
He makes me lie down in green pastures
He leads me beside the still waters
And He restores my soul, He restores my soul

He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name sake, for His name sake
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
I fear no evil, for Thou art with me
Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me

You prepare a table before me
In the presence of all of my enemies
You have anointed my head with oil
My cup overflows

Surely goodness and lovingkindness
Shall follow me all the days of my life
And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever and ever and ever

Unto This One

From Isaiah 66: 2, 12-13, 14
© 2007 Samuel House Ministries 

This one is a lullaby.  Sometimes I like to imagine crawling into my Abba’s lap, putting my arms around His neck and kissing His cheek (like I used to with my own father).  I think God likes it; I don’t think He considers it irreverent at all.  I think the middle verse should be the last – you choose.

Unto This One

Unto this one I will look
To him who is humble and contrite of heart
And who trembles at My word
Unto this one I will look

Then you will see, your heart will be glad
Your bones will flourish like the new grass
The hand of the Lord will be known unto you
Unto this one I will look

You will be nursed and held in My arms
I will console you, for you are My own
Behold, I will give peace unto you
Unto this one I will look

On Your Walls, O Jerusalem

From Isaiah 62:6-7; 10; 3-5
© 2007 Samuel House Ministries 

Although these verses are speaking about interceding for the earthly Jerusalem, on another level, this song is about interceding for the establishment of the new Jerusalem, the Bride of Christ.  It is about preparing the way for the Bride by “going through the gates, clearing the way for the people, building up the highway and removing the stones” of ignorance, misinformation and misunderstanding so that the Bride of Christ may be “blessed by the God of truth (Isaiah 65:16)” and knowing the truth, be set free.  Jesus said, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8:31-32).”

On Your Walls, O Jerusalem

On your walls, O Jerusalem
I have appointed watchmen
All day and all night
They never will keep silent

You who remind the Lord
Take no rest for yourselves
Give Him no rest
Until He establishes Jerusalem

Go through, go through the gates
Clear the way for the people
Build up, build up the highway
Remove the stones

You will also be a crown
Of beauty in the hand of the Lord
And a royal diadem
In the hand of your God

For the Lord delights in you
As a groom rejoices o’re the bride
So your God will rejoice over you
O Jerusalem

Hear Me When I Call

From Psalm 4:1, 3-5, 6-8
© 2007 Samuel House Ministries 

One of the best ways to memorize Scripture is to put it to music.  Someday, these words may be very comforting to you.  Like Paul and Silas, who sang hymns of praise to God in their prison cell after they had been beaten with rods, we too can worship God despite very difficult circumstances.

Hear Me When I Call

Hear me when I call
Oh God of my righteousness
Be gracious unto me
And hear my prayer

For I know that the Lord
Has set me apart for Himself
The Lord hears when I call
The Lord hears when I call

Stand in awe and do not sin
Commune with your heart on your bed
Be still and trust the Lord
Be still and trust the Lord

Oh Lord, lift up the light of
Thy countenance upon us
For You have put gladness in
My heart more than wine

In peace will I lay me down
And sleep, for You alone
Oh Lord, make me to dwell
In perfect safety

I Bless The Most High

From Daniel 4:34-35, 37
© 2007 Samuel House Ministries 

I call this “Nebuchadnezzar’s Song.”  It was born out of a man humbled by God, so that he would have the privilege of knowing the Truth.  I love the sense of awe the king now has for God, instead of the ignorant pride that once filled his soul.

I Bless The Most High

I bless the Most High
I praise and honor Him
Who lives forevermore
Who lives forevermore

His kingdom endures
Everlasting is His throne
From generation
To generation

All those on the earth
Are nothing compared to Him
For the army of God
Always performs His will

Of those on the earth
Who can stay His hand?
Who can say to Him
What have you done?

Those who walk in pride
Who refuse to humble themselves
He will bring to their knees
They will know He is King

I praise and exalt
I honor heaven’s King
For all His ways are truth
And all His ways are just

The Word Of The Lord Came To Zerubbabel

From Zechariah 4:6-10 
© 2007 Samuel House Ministries www.ChristCrucified.info 

Reading this passage in Zechariah one morning, the Holy Spirit immediately shone His “spotlight” on it and made me aware that it was a song for me to write. The words and the tune came to me as if I was taking dictation; it was done in minutes. I like it because it’s got a catchy tune that makes me want to dance, but I love it because it has the heart of God in it. 

The Word Of The Lord Came To Zerubbabel 

The Word of the Lord 
Came to Zerubbabel, saying 
Not by might nor by power 
But by My Spirit says 
The Lord of Hosts 

What are you 
Oh mighty mountain 
You shall become a plain 
Before Zerubbabel 
You will be level ground 

And he shall bring forth 
That blessed holy Cornerstone 
Grace, grace be to it 
With a shout from Zerubbabel 

The Word of the Lord 
Came to Zerubbabel, saying 
The foundation has been laid 
Your hands will finish the work 
Then Zerubbabel, you will know 

The Lord of Hosts has sent me to you 
His eyes roam over the earth 
There will be great rejoicing 
For the work of Zerubbabel 

For who has despised 
The day of small things 
This is the Word of the Lord 
Spoken to Zerubbabel