The King Rejoices in Your Strength

Versifier: Marie J. Post

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First Line: The king rejoices in your strength
Title: The King Rejoices in Your Strength
Versifier: Marie J. Post (1985)
Meter: D
Language: English
Copyright: Text © 1987, CRC Publications


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



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…

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