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Nyanyikanlah (Hallelujah! Sing Praise to Your Creator)

Scripture References

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

The God who was active in providing his Son for our redemption, has also been active in the course of history and in the lives of his people. His activity in the course of history began when he created all things. Belgic Confession, Article 12 teaches that God, “when it seemed good to him, created heaven and earth and all other creatures from nothing, by the Word—that is to say, by the Son.” In addition, “God created human beings from the dust of the earth and made and formed them in his image and likeness.”
 
His activity also includes his constant care for all he has created. “…He watches over us with fatherly care, sustaining all creatures under his lordship” (Belgic Confession, Article 13). Additionally, God reveals himself by this “creation, preservation and government of the universe, since that universe is before our eyes like a beautiful book...” (Belgic Confession, Article 2).
 

We also believe that God’s mighty acts are revealed “in the unfolding of covenant history…witnessing to the news that Our World Belongs to God and he loves it deeply” (Our World Belongs to God, paragraph 33). Primary among these actions in the unfolding of covenant history is “the long road of redemption to reclaim the lost as his people and the world as his kingdom” (paragraph 18). As God’s people observe his work in their lives and in history they respond with praise and adoration.

Additional Prayers

O God, beginning with the angels and descending through the skies,
your call to worship unites all creation in song.
Give us wisdom and strength, enabling our wholehearted praise,
for you alone are worthy; you alone are Lord. Amen.

Tune Information

Name
NYANYIKANLAH
Key
F Major or modal

Musical Suggestion

The Psalm text in Indonesian was prepared by Tilly Lubis in 1988. A new English versification to fit this traditional Indonesian melody was prepared in 2009 by David Diephouse, professor of history at Calvin College; he is a gifted musician as well as a text writer.
 
This psalm setting was arranged in SATB form by H. A. Pandopo in 1999, and provided with a simple keyboard accompaniment in 2008 by Christina Mandang, professor of worship at the Reformed Seminary in Jakarta, Indonesia. She wrote, “We usually use some djembes, maracas, wooden sticks, cabassa and some other percussion instruments to accompany that song.” Watching and hearing her lead this song was a delight. First she demonstrated with her Indonesian group, and then everyone sang together. They also moved to the music in ways that invited everyone to dance along.
(from Reformed Worship, Issue 92)
— Emily Brink
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