While many passages of Scripture call for God to be praised among the nations, this call to the nations that they join in the praise to God is also found in such Psalms as 45, 67, 99, and 148.
I believe that God,
because of Christ’s satisfaction,
will no longer remember
any of my sins
or my sinful nature
which I need to struggle against all my life.
Rather, by grace
God grants me the righteousness of Christ
to free me forever from judgment.
—Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A 56
Worship Sourcebook Edition Two
God of all,
you have revealed your love to all the world through Jesus Christ your Son.
Gather all peoples to yourself so that in every tongue
one mighty hymn may rise to the glory of your holy name. Amen.
Consider the following suggestion for use with children:
This is a very singable Spanish and English song for older children to learn. Teach the melody in the two parts in the treble clef.
Use shakers or other instruments that give a soft percussive sound.
This song is flexible and open to different interpretations. The accompaniment suggests a lilting, ballad-like rendering. Alternatively, it can be led with a driving, up-tempo rhythm with hand clapping on the off-beats and keyboard (and possibly other band instruments) improvising off the guitar chords.
Psalm 117, the shortest psalm, is set to a traditional Spanish “chorito,” or short chorus, known throughout Central and South America. It has now been included in several North American hymnals, and for the first time with this new English translation in Psalms for All Seasons (2012).
Mary Louise (Mel) Bringle (b. 1953) is Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and chair of the Humanities Division at Brevard College (Brevard, NC). A teacher at heart and a theologian by training (with a Ph.D. from Emory University and an assortment of publications in pastoral theology), she began writing hymn texts in 1999. Since that time, she has won a number of international hymnwriting competitions. GIA Publications, Inc. has published two single-author collections of her hymns (Joy and Wonder, Love and Longing in 2002, and In Wind and Wonder in 2007), as well as anthems written in collaboration with composers like William Rowan, Sally Morris, and others. Her texts and translations are included in publications from numerous denominations, including Roman Catholic, Mennonite, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Episcopalian, United Church of Canada, and Church of Scotland. She served as President of The Hymn Society and was chair of the committee that prepared Glory to God, the 2013 hymnal for the Presbyterian Church USA.