O Praise Ye the Lord

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1 O praise ye the Lord, and sing a new song,
amid all his saints his praises prolong.
The praise of their Maker his people shall sing,
and children of Zion rejoice in their King.

2 With timbrel and harp and joyful acclaim,
with gladness and mirth, sing praise to his name;
for God in his people his pleasure doth seek,
with robes of salvation he clotheth the meek.

3 In glory exult, ye saints of the Lord;
with songs in the night high praises accord.
Go forth in his service and strong in his might
to conquer all evil and stand for the right.

4 For this is his word: his saints shall not fail,
but over the earth their pow'r shall prevail.
All kingdoms and nations shall yield to their sway.
To God give the glory and praise him for aye.

Source: Trinity Psalter Hymnal #149B

Text Information

First Line: O praise ye the Lord And sing a new song
Title: O Praise Ye the Lord
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Go forth in his service
Copyright: Public Domain


Praise for the victories God grants his people.

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

Another post-exilic hymn, Psalm 149 summons God's people to praise their Maker and King (st. 1) with dancing and music for delivering them (st. 2) from all who oppose and oppress them (st. 3). God arms them to execute his sentence of judgment on all world powers that have set themselves against the LORD's kingdom (st. 3-4). As a hymn on Israel's lips amid the travails of their history, this psalm was a confession of faith concerning things promised by the prophets and even foreshadowed in the people's past experience, but not yet seen. The (altered) versification is from the 1912 Psalter.

Liturgical Use:
Especially suitable as a psalm of praise at the close of worship; many other uses in Christian worship.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988



LAUDATE DOMINUM (Latin words for the opening phrase of Psalm 150) comes from the end of the anthem "Hear My Words, O Ye People" by C. Hubert H. Parry (PHH 145), an anthem he composed in 1894 for a festival of the Salisbury Diocesan Choral Association. Parry's tune was set to Baker's text in the 1916…

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William Croft (b. Nether Ettington, Warwickshire, England, 1678; d. Bath, Somerset, England, 1727) was a boy chorister in the Chapel Royal in London and then an organist at St. Anne's, Soho. Later he became organist, composer, and master of the children of the Chapel Royal, and eventually organist a…

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