645. Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above

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1 Sing praise to God who reigns above,
the God of all creation,
the God of power, the God of love,
the God of our salvation.
With healing balm my soul is filled,
and every faithless murmur stilled:
to God all praise and glory!

2 What God’s almighty power has made
God's gracious mercy keepeth;
by morning glow or evening shade
God's watchful eye ne'er sleepeth.
Within the kingdom of God's might,
lo! all is just and all is right:
to God all praise and glory!

3 The Lord is never far away,
but, through all grief distressing,
an ever-present help and stay,
our peace and joy and blessing,
as with a mother's tender hand
God gently leads the chosen band:
to God all praise and glory!

4 Thus all my toilsome way along
I sing aloud thy praises,
that all may hear the grateful song
my voice unwearied raises.
Be joyful in the Lord, my heart;
both soul and body, take your part:
to God all praise and glory!

Text Information
First Line: Sing praise to God who reigns above
Title: Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above
Author: Johann Jacob Schütz (1675)
Translator: Frances Elizabeth Cox (1864, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: 8.7.8.7.8.8.7
Scripture: Deuteronomy 32:3; 1 Kings 18:39; 1 Chronicles 16:25-36; Psalm 18:18; Psalm 34:18; Psalm 46:1; Psalm 47:6-7; Psalm 68:19; Psalm 121:4; Psalm 139:7; Isaiah 12:2-5; Isaiah 66:10-14; Isaiah 66:13; Jeremiah 51:8; Acts 17:27; Hebrews 13:15; 1 Peter 2:9
Topic: Compassion; Grief; Healing (5 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: MIT FREUDEN ZART
Harmonizer: Maurice F. Bell (1906, alt.)
Meter: 8.7.8.7.8.8.7
Key: D Major
Source: Bohemian Brethren's Kirchengesang, 1566


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The regal divine imagery here will not be new to most singers, but some may not expect the third stanza’s image of God as mother. Yet it is part of God’s self-description in Isaiah 66:13. This Bohemian Brethren tune resembles both Genevan psalm tunes and French folk songs.


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