1 Sing praise to the Lord! Praise God in the height;
rejoice in his word, you angels of light;
O heavens, adore him by whom you were made,
and worship before him in brightness arrayed.
2 Sing praise to the Lord! Praise God upon earth,
in tuneful accord, all you of new birth;
praise him who has brought you his grace from above,
praise him who has taught you to sing of his love.
3 Sing praise to the Lord! All things that give sound,
each jubilant chord, re-echo around;
loud organs, his glory proclaim in deep tone,
and trumpets, the story of what he has done.
4 Sing praise to the Lord! Thanksgiving and song
to him be outpoured all ages along;
for love in creation, for heaven restored,
for grace of salvation, sing praise to the Lord!
Source: Christian Worship: Hymnal #610
|First Line:||Sing praise to the Lord! Praise him in the heights|
|Title:||Sing Praise to the Lord|
|Author:||H. W. Baker (1875)|
st. 1 = Ps. 148:1-6
st. 2 = Ps. 148:11-14
st. 3 = Ps. 150:3-6
Originally "O Praise Ye the Lord," this text is considered to be one of finest written by Henry W. Baker (PHH 342). It was published in the 1875 edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern (Baker was editor of both the 1861 and 1875 editions).
The entire text is an amplification in hymn form of the "alleluia" phrases that frame Psalm 148 and 150. While stanzas 1-3 are based on various verses in those psalms, stanza 4 is a summary: "For love in creation, for heaven restored, for grace of salvation, sing praise to the Lord!"
Any occasion of praise when Psalm 148 or 150 could also be used; a glorious (although long) doxology for harvest thanksgiving; a choral festival or similar praise service.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987