King David

From the ‘Sing Young, Sing Joyfully’ collection

1. King David was a man of fire

Who sang and danced for God.

The raptures of his heart’s desire

Were sacred gifts from God.

King Solomon was very wise

In all he sought to do.

His reason and his watchful eyes

Were sacred gifts from God.

 

2. The scribes explored the sacred scrolls

To find their many truths.

Their study and their teaching roles

Were sacred gifts from God.

The priests in ancient treasured ways

Helped people’s worship grow.

These wonders which gave rise to praise

Were sacred gifts from God.

 

3. The prophets saw the fateful price

Of decadence and greed.

Their costly words of sound advice

Were sacred gifts from God.

Hard working Martha cooked and cleaned

While Mary knelt and prayed.

The insights they together gleaned

Were sacred gifts from God.

 

4. We all have many gifts from God

Yet no-one has them all.

We need the other people’s gifts

So we can all stand tall.

Help us accept each person, God,

With all their diverse ways

That we may spread inclusiveness

And share in common praise.

 

References
Verse 1.  2 Samuel 6:14
The Hebrew title of many psalms is “A psalm of David”,
1 Kings 4:29 and 3: 11-12, 16-28.

Verse 2.  Scribes = scholars
Ezra 7:6, Nehemiah 8:1-3, Luke 2:46,
Numbers l8:5-7.

Verse 3.  Amos 6:1-7 and 8:4-7, Luke 10:38-42.

 

Tune:  “Different Gifts”

Text and Music © William Livingstone Wallace

Harmony by Francis Dennis

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Click here to see the score:  Wallace.King David (Different Gifts)

 

Tune:  “Lincolnshire Poacher” (English traditional)

Text and Music © William Livingstone Wallace

Arrangement © Barry Brinson

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Click here to see the score:  Wallace.King David (Lincolnshire Poacher)

 

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