How lovely on the mountains are the feet of himVersifier: Leonard E. Smith (1974)
Tune: OUR GOD REIGNS
Published in 9 hymnals
Audio files: MIDI
|First Line:||How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him|
|Title:||Our God Reigns|
|Versifier:||Leonard E. Smith (1974)|
|Refrain First Line:||Our God reigns|
|Copyright:||© 1974, 1978 by L. E. Smith, Jr./New Jerusalem Music.|
st. = Isa. 52:7
Isaiah 52:7 speaks of "good news," originally referring to Israel's delivery from captivity and return to Jerusalem. Today Christians sing these words to celebrate our delivery from sin through Christ
(Rom. 10:15-16), who brings salvation and a restoration of God's rule, resulting in peace and happiness. The song text combines Isaiah's message with the theme that rings throughout the Psalms: God reigns!
Leonard E. Smith, Jr., (b. Philadelphia, PA, 1942) composed this song in 1973 in Riverton, New Jersey. Educated at Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, where he received a BA in philosophy, Smith first taught in public high schools, but his evangelical efforts in the schools created problems, resulting in his dismissal. He then began painting houses to support his family.
One night as he was reading Isaiah 52 he was overwhelmed by the conviction that God was in control of his life and of all creation; he wrote this song that night in just five minutes. The song was first sung at New Covenant Community Church, where Smith served as worship leader. Though not published for some time, it became known internationally when evangelist Bob Mumford included it in his crusades. It was first published in a Servant Publications hymnal, Songs of Praise (vol. 2, 1977). In 1978 Smith added four additional verses. He has published over 130 Scripture songs with New Jerusalem Music Co.
Mission services; ordination services; Epiphany; Pentecost; Ascension. The chorus alone can be used as an acclamation, especially in informal services, or it can be used as a frame to surround another hymn such as "Sing Praise to the Lord" (466), or, if transposed to C major, added to Psalm 93 or 97.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
|Instances (9)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Baptist Hymnal 2008 #58||How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him||Our God Reigns||Our God reigns! Our God reigns!||Leonard E. Smith, Jr.||Leonard E. Smith, Jr.||Irregular||OUR GOD REIGNS||B Flat Major||English||2008|
|Celebration Hymnal #372||How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him Who brings good news,||Our God Reigns||[Our God Reigns]||B Flat Major||1997|
|Church Family Worship #421||How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him||Irregular||1988|
|Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #129||How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him||2000|
|Complete Anglican Hymns Old & New #301||How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him||How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him||2000|
|Complete Mission Praise #249||How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him||Irregular||2000|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #195||How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him||Our God Reigns||Our God reigns||Leonard E. Smith, Jr.||Dale Grotenhuis; Leonard E. Smith, Jr.||Irregular||Isaiah 52:7; Isaiah 52||OUR GOD REIGNS||B Flat Major||English||1987|
|Sing Joyfully #290||How lovely on the mountains||Our God Reigns||Our God reigns!||Leonard W. Smith||Leonard W. Smith||[How lovely on the mountains]||B Flat Major||English||1989|
|The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #229||How lovely on the mountains||Our God Reigns||Our God reigns! Our God reigns!||Leonard E. Smith, Jr.||Eugene Thomas; Leonard E. Smith, Jr.||Irregular||OUR GOD REIGNS||B Flat Major||1986|