Friday, May 3, 2013

Psalm 35 PLEADING, by DianaDee Osborne

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Song Story:  THE  MUSIC
Almost 18 months earlier, I had sketched out page 1's music for this song, but never finished the second half.  In May 2013, I started flipping through old journals (with prayers for God's guidance), and found this one whose lyrics had already been typed and tucked away into an old computer folder.

I sat in my home studio and recorded the music I had already prepared.
For some reason, I set a very slow tempo for me - only 78 beats per minute.  To fill the space, I added some weird "texture"  tracks.  Then selected my oboe instrument for the melody, which also has a sad tone.  Finally, still praying, I decided to experiment with some drum loops --- and  accidentally selected a grunge guitar pair of loops instead.  Finally I really did find some drum pieces to give energy.

As I started deciding what to do with the second half of each verse, I suddenly realized --
it would be pretty cool to switch to *speaking* God's Word instead of singing.  So I did.
SUMMARY:  With  me gaining 18 months more studio experience, 
God guided me to develop a much more meaning-filled song 
than I would have done earlier.

Dedicated to THE One God Who loves and hears our deep pleadings....
3 December 2011,   re-dedicated 2 May 2013

Plead my cause,  O LORD my God, with all who strive against me.
Stand up, God, and be my help if they choose to fight me.

"O LORD,  stop those who pursue me. Say to my soul, “I AM  your salvation.”
Let those be put to shame and brought to dishonor who seek after my life;
Let those be turned back and brought to confusion who plot my hurt...
          For without cause they have hidden their net for me in a pit,
          Which they have dug without cause   for my life.
Let destruction come upon him unexpectedly,
And let his net that he has hidden catch himself; Into that very destruction let him fall.
And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD; It shall rejoice in His salvation.
          All my bones shall say, “LORD, who is like You,
          Delivering the poor from   him who is too strong for him,
Yes, the poor and the needy from   him who plunders him?”
PSALM 35  PLEADING,  through verse 10.

Plead my cause, O LORD my God,  Let all be put to shame who
plot my hurt, keep speaking words of pain with no reason.

".... But in my adversity they rejoiced And gathered together;
Attackers gathered against me, And I did not know it;    They tore at me and did not cease;  
With ungodly mockers at feasts they gnashed at me with their teeth.
           Lord, how long will You look on?
           Rescue me from their destructions,  my precious life from the lions.
I will give You thanks in the great assembly;  I will praise You among many people.
PSALM 35  PLEADING,  verses 15 through 28.

Plead my cause, O LORD my God when people lie about me.

They ask me things I do not know and                                     
                                reward me with evil for my good.          

Let them not rejoice over me who are wrongfully my enemies;
Nor let them wink with the eye who hate me without a cause.
           For they do not speak peace,  but they devise deceitful matters
Against the quiet ones in the land.  They also opened their mouth wide against me,
           And said, 'Aha, aha!  Our eyes have seen it.' ”
PSALM 35  PLEADING,  verses 19 through 21.

This, You've seen, O LORD my God.                      
Don't keep silent,  I plead.                                    
I don't seek their hurt but I yearn for                           
                               You to vindicate me.               

"Vindicate me, O Lord my God, according to Your righteousness;
And let them not rejoice over me.
Let them not say in their hearts, “Ah, so we would have it!”
Let them not say, 'We have swallowed him up.'
"Let them be ashamed and brought to mutual confusion who rejoice at my hurt;
Let them be clothed with shame and dishonor who exalt themselves against me.
Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause;
And let them say continually, "Let the Lord be magnified,
Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”
And my tongue shall speak of Your righteousness and of Your praise all the day long."

©2011, 2013 DianaDee Osborne (all material), all rights reserved. FREE personal usage; see website.
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