Let children hear the mighty deedsAuthor: Isaac Watts (1719)
Published in 162 hymnals
Audio files: MIDI
1 Let children hear the mighty deeds
Which God performed of old,
Which in our younger days we saw,
And which our parents told.
2 So make to them His glories known,
His works of pow'r and grace;
And we'll convey His wonders down
Through ev'ry rising race.
3 Our sons and daughters we shall tell
And they again to theirs
That generations yet unborn
May teach them to their heirs.
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5 To learn that in our God alone
Their hope securely stands,
That they may never doubt His love
But walk in His commands.
Source: Lutheran Service Book #867
st. 1 = Ps. 78:1-4
st. 2 = Ps. 78:5-7
This versification of Psalm 78:1-8 is a modernized form of Isaac Watts' (PHH 155) version, published in his Psalms of David Imitated (1719). Psalm 78 is a didactic psalm of history. It teaches all of God's people to remember God's merciful dealings with them, to refrain from repeating the sins Israel committed in olden days, and to obey the word of the Lord (see PHH 78 for further comments on the psalm).
The text emphasizes the joyful covenant responsibility of parents to teach diligently the ways of the Lord to their children. Its theme comes from verses 4-5; there the biblical text combines a stress on God's savings deeds, which lead to faith, and God's commandments, which demand obedience. The command to "tell your children" runs throughout the Pentateuch (Ex. 10:2; Deut. 4:9).
Baptism; other occasions of worship that stress the covenant responsibility of one generation to teach the next generation not to forget God's deeds but to keep his commands (see Ps. 78:6-7); family life emphases; beginning of church school season.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
|Instances (5)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #512||Let children hear the mighty deeds||Let Children Hear the Mighty Deeds||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748; Bernhard Schumacher, 1866-1978||Johann Crüger, 1598-1662||184.108.40.206||NUN DANKET ALL||F Major or modal||1993|
|Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #180||Let children hear the mighty deeds||Let Children Hear the Mighty Deeds||I. Watts, 1674-1748; B. Schumacher, 1886-1978||J. Crüger, 1598-1662||220.127.116.11||Psalm 78||NUN DANKET ALL||F Major or modal||English||1996|
|Lutheran Service Book #867||Let children hear the mighty deeds||Let Children Hear the Mighty Deeds||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748; Bernhard Schumacher, 1886-1978||Johann Crüger, 1598-1662||18.104.22.168||Psalm 78:5-8; Deuteronomy 4:9-10; Deuteronomy 6:7; Deuteronomy 11:19-20||NUN DANKET ALL||F Major or modal||English||2006|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #585||Let children hear the mighty deeds||Let Children Hear the Mighty Deeds||Isaac Watts||Theodore P. Ferris||22.214.171.124 D||Psalm 78:1-7||WEYMOUTH||F Major||English||1987|
|Trinity Hymnal #364||Let children hear the mighty deeds||Let Children Hear the Mighty Deeds||Isaac Watts||126.96.36.199||Psalm 78:1-7||DUNDEE||D Major||English||1990|