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Amid The Thronging Worshippers

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1 Amid the thronging worshipers
Jehovah will I bless;
before my brethren gathered there,
his name will I confess.
Come, praise him, ye that fear the Lord,
ye children of his grace;
with rev'rence sound his glories forth
and bow before his face.

2 The burden of the sorrowful
The Lord will not despise;
he has not turned from those who mourn,
he hearkens to their cries.
His goodness makes me join the throng
where saints his praise proclaim;
and there will I fulfill my vows
'mid those who fear his name.

3 He feeds with good the humble soul
and satisfies the meek,
and they shall live and praise the Lord
who for his mercy seek.
The ends of all the earth take thought,
the nations seek the Lord;
they worship him, the King of kings,
in earth and heav'n adored.

Source: Trinity Psalter Hymnal #22C

Text Information

First Line: Amid the Thronging Worshippers
Title: Amid The Thronging Worshippers
Meter: D
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Scripture References
st.1 = Ps. 22:22-23
st.2 = Ps. 22:24-25
st.3 = Ps. 22:26-28

“Amid the Thronging Worshipers” is a versification from the concluding part of Psalm 22, that great psalm of lament most quoted in the New Testament. The conclusion of Psalm 22 features vows of strong praise made in the sure faith that God will deliver the believer and answer prayer. Like many psalms, this text is cosmic in scope, moving from the singular “I” (st.1) to “his people” and saints” (st.1-2) to “all the earth” (st.3) The versification is from the 1912 Psalter. See PHH22 for further commentary on Psalm 22.

Liturgical Use:
Beginning of worship; praise occasions.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988



Laura A. Tate composed the tune BOVINA, which was first published with this text in the 1912 Psalter published by the United Presbyterian Church (UPC). No information is known about her, but since her tune was copyrighted by the UPC in 1904 she may have been associated with that denomination. Sing i…

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FOREST GREEN is an English folk tune associated with the ballad "The Ploughboy's Dream." Ralph Vaughan Williams (PHH 316) turned FOREST GREEN into a hymn tune for The English Hymnal (1906), using it as a setting for "O Little Town of Bethlehem." Shaped in rounded bar form (AABA), FOREST GREEN has th…

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