Not unto us O Lord of heavenTune: GAIRNEY BRIDGE
Published in 9 hymnals
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1 Not unto us, O LORD of heaven,
but unto you be glory given;
in love and truth you do fulfill
the counsels of your sovereign will.
Though nations fail your power to own,
you are the King you reign alone.
2 The idol gods of heathen lands
are but the work of human hands:
they cannot see, they cannot speak,
their ears are deaf, their hands are weak.
Like them shall be all those who hold
to gods of silver and of gold.
3 O Israel, trust in God alone,
the LORD, whose grace and power are known;
to him your full allegiance yield,
and he will be your help and shield.
All those who fear him God will bless;
his saints have proved his faithfulness.
4 All you that fear him and adore,
the LORD increase you more and more;
both great and small who God confess,
you and your children he will bless.
You all are blest by him who made
the heavens and earth's foundations laid.
5 The heavens are God's since time began,
but he has given the earth to man.
The dead praise not the living God,
but we will sound his praise abroad.
Yes, we will ever bless his name;
O praise the LORD, his praise proclaim.
Psalter Hymnal, 1987
A liturgy of praise including an exhortation to trust in the LORD, followed by a priestly benediction.
st. 1 =vv. 1-3
st. 2 = vv. 4-8
st. 3 =vv. 9-12
st. 4 = vv. 13-15
st. 5 =vv. 16-18
Number five of the eight "hallelujah" psalms (111-118), 115 was probably composed by a priest or Levite as a liturgy of praise for temple worship. Some scholars suggest that it was originally used at the dedication of the second temple (Ezra 6:16) after the return from Babylonian exile. This psalm stands third in the "Egyptian Hallel" used in Jewish liturgy at the annual religious festivals prescribed in the Torah. At Passover, Psalms 113 and 114 were sung before the meal; 115 through 118 were sung after the meal. In this psalm many voices speak. Here is a probable scenario: vv. 1-8, 12-13, and 16-18–the people; vv. 9-11–the Levitical choir; vv. 14-15–a priest. The psalmist praises God for his love, faithfulness, and sovereign power (st. 1, 5). He belittles the idols of the nations (st. 2), exhorts Israel to trust in the LORD (st. 3), and pronounces a blessing upon God's people (st. 4). The (altered) versification is from the 1912 Psalter.
Beginning of worship; profession of faith, ordination/ commissioning, marriage, and family services (st. 3-5).
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
|Instances (1 - 6 of 6)||First Line||Title||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #573||Not unto us, O Lord of heaven||Not unto Us, O Lord of Heaven||VATER UNSER||22.214.171.124.8.8||Psalm 115; Psalm 115:1-3; Psalm 115:4-8; Psalm 115:9-12; Psalm 115:13-15; Psalm 115:16-18||2013||Idols/Idolatry | ; Elements of Worship | Praise and Adoration||<cite>Psalter</cite>, 1912, alt.|
|Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #227||Not unto us, O Lord of heaven||Not Unto Us, O Lord of Heaven||MEADVILLE||126.96.36.199.8.8||Psalm 115||1990||<i>The Psalter</i>, 1912; alt.|
|Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #115B||Not unto us, O Lord of heaven||Not unto Us, O Lord of Heaven||VATER UNSER||188.8.131.52.8.8||Psalm 115||2012||Biblical Names and Places | Aaron; Biblical Names and Places | Israel; Blessing | ; Elements of Worship | Baptism; Elements of Worship | Praise and Adoration; Eternal Life | ; Faith | ; God as | Shield; God's | Will; God's | Armor; God's | Faithfulness; God's | Glory; God's | Goodness; God's | Love; God's | Name; Hope | ; Humanity | Created by God; Idols and Idolatry | ; Lord's Prayer | 1st petition (hallowed be your name); Lord's Prayer | 7th petition (the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours…); Occasional Services | New Year; Occasional Services | Ordination and/or Installation; Questioning | ; Rejoicing | ; Suffering | ; Ten Commandments | 2nd Commandment (do not make graven emages); Trust |||<cite>Psalter,</cite> 1912, alt.|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #115||Not unto us, O LORD of heaven||Not unto Us, O LORD of Heaven||GAIRNEY BRIDGE||88 88 88||Psalm 115||1987||Election | ; New Year - Old Year | ; Eternal Life | ; Ministry & Service |||<i>Psalter</i>, 1912, alt.|
|The Cyber Hymnal #4611||Not unto us, O Lord of Heav'n||Not unto Us, O Lord of Heav'n||GAIRNEY BRIDGE||Anonymous||88.88.88||From <cite>The Psalter</cite> (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: The United Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1912), number 308|
|Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #67||Not unto us, O Lord of heav'n||Not unto Us, O Lord of Heaven||GAIRNEY BRIDGE||184.108.40.206.8.8.||Psalm 115:1-18||1990||God | His Sovereignty; False Gods | ; Man | Dignity of; Work of Creation |||<i>The Psalter</i>, 1912; mod.|