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Rejoice, You Righteous, in the Lord (Psalm 33)

Scripture References

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Further Reflections on Scripture References

Stanza 1 refers to God’s work of hanging the heavens and laying the sea and land, a clear reference to the work described in Genesis 1.
A reference to “every nation, every land” in stanza 2 reminds us of the intial promise to Abraham in Genesis 12:1-3.  We also hear the call to the nations of the world in Psalms 97 and 99.
In stanza 3, the reference to God’s watchful eye through all the ages calls to mind the testimony of Psalm 90.
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Rejoice, You Righteous, in the Lord (Psalm 33)

Additional Prayers

Creating and redeeming God, you made our hearts to sing
and in Jesus Christ you teach us new songs.
Teach us also to wait with patience and hope for that promised victory
when all peoples return to you;
for Christ is Lord of all, and in his name we pray. Amen.
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Rejoice, You Righteous, in the Lord (Psalm 33)

Tune Information

Name
ELLACOMBE
Key
A♭ Major
Meter
8.6.8.6 D

Recordings

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Rejoice, You Righteous, in the Lord (Psalm 33)

Hymn Story/Background

Published in a chapel hymnal for the Duke of Würtemberg (Gesangbuch der Herzogl, 1784), ELLACOMBE (the name of a village in Devonshire, England) was first set to the words "Ave Maria, klarer und lichter Morgenstern." During the first half of the nine­teenth century various German hymnals altered the tune. Since ELLACOMBE's inclu­sion in the 1868 Appendix to Hymns Ancient and Modern, where it was set to John Daniell's children's hymn "Come, Sing with Holy Gladness," its use throughout the English-speaking world has spread.
— Bert Polman

The text is slightly revised from my original setting of Psalm 33 in the Psalter for Christian Worship. The Psalter for Christian Worship (1999; revised, 2010) was written for my congregation at Central Presbyterian Church in Atlanta as a means of reclaiming the Reformed tradition of singing metrical Psalms in our worship.
 
The tune Ellacombe was chosen for the text, since it is such a joyful celebration of God’s creation, glory, and steadfast love.
— Michael Morgan

Author Information

Michael Morgan (b. 1948) is a church musician, Psalm scholar, and collector of English Bibles and Psalters from Atlanta, Georgia. After almost 40 years, he now serves as Organist Emeritus for Atlanta’s historic Central Presbyterian Church, and as Seminary Musician at Columbia Theological Seminary. He holds degrees from Florida State University and Atlanta University, and did post-graduate study with composer Richard Purvis in San Francisco. He has played recitals, worship services, and master classes across the U. S., and in England, France, Spain, Switzerland, and Germany. He is author of the Psalter for Christian Worship (1999; rev. 2010), and a regular contributor in the field of psalmody (most recently to the Reformed collections Psalms for All Seasons and Lift Up Your Hearts, and the new Presbyterian hymnal, Glory to God).
— Michael Morgan
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