Hymn

"I WILL THEE PRAISE, MY GOD, O KING"

Throughout the history of the church Christians have enjoyed rearranging the words of the psalms to fit some poetic meter and then setting these psalms to music ed ed.—edited by, edition

NDT NDT—New Dictionary of Theology. S.B. Ferguson, D.F. Wright, J.I. Packer, eds. Leicester and Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 1988. vol vol.—volume for personal or group worship. This is an old metrical arrangement of the words to Psalm 145, set to the familiar melody of the hymn, "Jesus Shall Reign Where'er the Sun." Stanza 2 speaks of God's incomprehensibility ("The Lord is great; he praise exceeds; his greatness fully search can none"), and many of the other stanzas speak of various attributes of God that we know from Scripture. It should give us joy to sing this song, knowing both that we are singing absolutely true things about God, and that his greatness far exceeds any praise we will ever be able to sing to him. I will thee praise, my God, O King, And I will ever bless thy name; I will extol thee every day And evermore thy praise proclaim. The Lord is great; he praise exceeds; His greatness fully search can none; Race shall to race extol thy deeds And tell thy mighty acts each one. Upon thy glorious majesty And wondrous works my mind shall dwell; Men shall recount thy dreadful acts, And of thy greatness I will tell. They utter shall abundantly The mem'ry of thy goodness great, And shall sing praises cheerfully While they thy righteousness relate. Jehovah very gracious is; In him compassions also flow; In lovingkindness he is great, And unto anger he is slow. O'er all his works his mercies are; The Lord is good to all that live. Praise, Lord, to thee thy works afford; Thy saints to thee shall praises give.

From: The Book of Psalms With Music (Pittsburgh: Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, 1973), Psalm 145 (pp. 350-51)

Alternative hymn: "O Worship the King" (see this hymn at the end of chapter 12)

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