Come, praise the LORD, my soulVersifier: Helen Otte (1986)
Tune: GENEVAN 103
Published in 1 hymnal
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A call to all creation to praise the LORD for his boundless compassion to his people as sinners and mortals.
st. 1 = vv. 1-5
st. 2 = vv. 6-10
st. 3 = vv. 11-14
st. 4 = vv.15-18
st. 5 = vv. 19-22
A hymn to God's love and compassion, Psalm 103 is a carefully crafted song. Not only is it composed of twenty-two lines, the number of letters in the Hebrew alphabet, but its opening and closing calls to praise (vv. 1-5, 20-22; st. 1,5) also frame a uniquely structured center (vv. 6-19).
Six verses honor God's compassionate and forgiving grace toward the Israelites as sinners (vv. 7-12; st. 2¬3), and six verses celebrate God's everlasting love for these chosen people, whose "days are like grass" (vv. 13-18; st. 3-4). Further framing this exposition of God's love are two verses (6, 19) that proclaim God's righteousness and justice, upon which the LORD has established his throne in heaven so that his kingdom rules over all. Moreover, according to the principle of describing the outer limits of something in order to refer to its whole (as one refers to a whole tree by speaking of its fruit above and its roots below, cf. Amos 2:9), the psalmist's opening call to "my soul" to praise the LORD and the closing call on God's angels to do the same invites all creation to praise its Maker and King.
Helen Otte (PHH 17) versified this psalm in 1986 for the Psalter Hymnal. Other settings of Psalm 103 are at 297, 475, 583, and 627.
Covenant renewal/profession of faith services; conclusion of the Lord's Supper; Christian worship focusing on illness or other distresses that emphasize the frailty of human life; worship focusing on God's love and compassion.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
|Instances (1 - 1 of 1)||First Line||Title||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #103||Come, praise the LORD, my soul||Come, Praise the LORD, My Soul||GENEVAN 103||Helen Otte||11 11 10 D||Psalm 103||1987||Biblical Names & Places | Moses; Brevity & Frailty of Life | ; Family | ; Funerals | ; King, God/Christ as | ; Love | God's Love to Us; Marriage | ; New Year - Old Year | ; Sickness & Health | ; Atonement | ; Faithfulness of God | ; Forgiveness | ; Lord's Supper ||