21. The King Rejoices in Your Strength

Text Information
First Line: The king rejoices in your strength
Title: The King Rejoices in Your Strength
Versifier: Marie J. Post (1985)
Meter: CMD
Scripture: Psalm 21
Topic: King, God/Christ as; Return of Christ
Language: English
Copyright: Text © 1987, CRC Publications
Tune Information
Name: ST. MATTHEW
Meter: CMD
Key: B♭ Major


Text Information:

A celebration of the prosperity and triumphs of God's anointed (Messiah).

Scripture References:
st. 1 = vv. 1-3
st. 2 = vv. 4-7
st. 3 =vv. 8-13

The people praise God for blessing the anointed king with wealth, long life, and victories (st. 1-2) and assure the king of future triumphs because he trusts in the faithful God of Israel (st. 3). Whereas Psalm 20 looks forward to an impending battle, this psalm celebrates blessings bestowed and victories won and what these promise for the future–a future Christians call the great Day of the Lord. Marie J. Post (PHH 5) versified this psalm in 1985 for the Psalter Hymnal.

Liturgical Use:
Celebrations of the triumphant march of Christ's kingdom; particularly appropriate for Easter and Ascension.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Tune Information:

ST. MATTHEW was published in the Supplement to the New Version of Psalms by Dr. Brady and Mr. Tate (1708), where it was set to Psalm 33 and noted as a new tune. The editor of the Supplement, William Croft (PHH 149), may be the composer of ST. MATTHEW. One of the longer British psalm tunes, it has a fine mix of larger and stepwise intervals. It bears forceful or even jubilant singing with one broad beat per measure. If taken at a brisk tempo (c. dotted half = 50), consider holding the last note of every long phrase an extra measure to provide a breathing space between sentences.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook


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