655. What Shall I Render to the Lord (Psalm 116)

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1 What shall I render to the Lord;
what shall my offering be,
for all the gracious benefits
God hath bestowed on me?

2 Salvation's cup my soul shall take
while to the Lord I pray,
and with God's people I will meet,
my thankful vows to pay.

3 Not lightly dost thou, Lord, permit
thy chosen saints to die;
from death thou hast delivered me;
thy servant, Lord, am I.

4 Within God's house, the house of prayer,
my soul shall bless the Lord,
and praises to God's holy name
let all the saints accord.

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First Line: What shall I render to the Lord
Title: What Shall I Render to the Lord (Psalm 116)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: CM
Scripture: Psalm 116; Psalm 8:4
Topic: The Church; Community in Christ; Lord's Supper3 more...
Source: The New Metrical Version of the Psalms, 1909, alt.
Language: English
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Name: MARTYRDOM
Composer: Hugh Wilson (1800 c.)
Adapter and Harmonizer: Robert Smith (1825)
Meter: CM
Key: G Major or modal


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Selecting these four stanzas from eleven that formed a second paraphrase of Psalm 116 in their original volume has made the theme of gratitude for God’s protection and bounty more apparent. The tune that sets them may have its origins in an 18th-century Scottish folk song.


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