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Praise God, You Servants of the Lord

Praise God, you servants of the Lord, Praise, praise his name with one accord

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1 Praise God, O servants of the Lord,
praise, praise, his name with one accord;
O bless the Lord, his name adore
from this time forth forevermore,
from this time forth forevermore.

2 From rising unto setting sun
praised by the Lord, the Mighty One;
he rules all nations by his might,
above the heavens in glory bright,
above the heavens in glory bright.

3 On whom but God can we rely,
the Lord our God who reigns on high,
who condescends to see and know
the things of heaven and earth below?
The things of heaven and earth below?

4 From dust he lifts the needy one,
from ashes raises those bowed down.
He seats them by his mighty hand
among the princes of the land,
among the princes of the land.

5 God gives a home to barren ones
and blesses them with holy sons.
He gives the joy of motherhood.
Sing hallelujah! God is good!
Sing hallelujah! God is good!

Source: Trinity Psalter Hymnal #113B

Text Information

First Line: Praise God, you servants of the Lord, Praise, praise his name with one accord
Title: Praise God, You Servants of the Lord
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Praise to the LORD far his exalted glory and mercies to the lowly.

Scripture References:
st. 1 = vv. 1-2
st. 2 = vv. 3-4
st. 3 = vv. 5-6
st.4 = vv. 7¬-9

The third of the eight "hallelujah" psalms (111-118), 113 was probably composed by a priest or Levite for use in the temple. This psalm also begins the "Egyptian Hallelujah" used in Jewish liturgy at the annual religious festivals prescribed in the Torah. At Passover, Psalms 113 and 114 were sung before the meal; 115 through 118 were sung after the meal. After opening with a call to praise the LORD (vv. 1-3; st. 1-2), the psalm celebrates the exalted glory of heaven's great King, who bends down to get involved in earth's affairs (vv. 4-6; st. 2-3). The LORD is merciful to the needy-seating the poor among princes and blessing the barren with children (st. 4). The (altered) versification is from the 1912 Psalter. Another setting of Psalm 113 is at 177.

Liturgical Use:
Used in many Jewish festivals, including Passover, Psalm 113 is equally appropriate for special days of the Christian church year, especially Ascension (st. 3), and is generally fitting at the beginning of worship.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988




FESTUS is an abridgement of a tune published in Johann A. Freylinghausen's (PHH 34) Geistreiches Gesangbuch (1704)* as a setting for "O du Hüter Israel." The shortened tune was first published in the Bristol Tune Book (1863). The tune title presumably honors Festus, the Roman procurator of Judea (A…

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[Praise God, ye servants of the Lord]



Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #113
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