Whole-hearted Thanksgiving to Thee I Will Bring

Whole-hearted thanksgiving to Thee I will bring

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1 Wholehearted thanksgiving to Thee I will bring;
In praise of Thy marvelous works I will sing,
In Thee I will joy and exultingly cry
Thy Name I will praise, O Jehovah Most High.

2 My enemies turn and are scattered in fear,
They stumble and perish because Thou art near;
For Thou hast defended my right and my cause,
Thou sittest in judgment, upholding Thy laws.

3 Rebuked are the nations, the wicked destroyed,
Their memory perished, their dwelling-place void;
Enthroned and eternal, Jehovah shall reign,
The peoples to judge and the right to maintain.

4 Thou, Lord, art a refuge for all the oppressed;
All trust Thee who know Thee, and trusting are blest;
For never, O Lord, did Thy mercy forsake
The soul that has sought of Thy grace to partake.

5 Give praise to Jehovah, the mighty deeds tell
Of Him Who has chosen in Zion to dwell,
Of Him to Whom justice and vengeance belong,
Who visits the lowly and overthrows wrong.

6 Behold my affliction, Thy mercy accord,
And back from death's portals restore me, O Lord,
That I in the gates of Thy Zion may raise
My song of salvation and show forth Thy praise.

7 The sins of the nations their ruin have wrought,
Their own evildoing destruction has brought;
In this the Lord's justice eternally stands,
That sinners are snared in the work of their hands.

8 The wicked shall perish, the nations shall fall
Forgetting their God, Who is God over all;
But God will remember the prayer of the weak,
Most surely fulfilling the hope of the meek.

9 Arise in Thy justice, O Lord, and Thy might,
No longer let sinners prevail in Thy sight;
Great Judge of the nations, in judgment appear
To humble the proud and to teach them to fear.

The Psalter: with responsive readings, 1912

Text Information

First Line: Whole-hearted thanksgiving to Thee I will bring
Title: Whole-hearted Thanksgiving to Thee I Will Bring
Meter: with refrain
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the earth hear hiis voice


Scripture References:
st. 1 = vv. 1-2
st. 2 = vv. 3-4
st. 3 = vv. 5-6
st. 4 =vv. 7-8
st. 5 = vv.9-10 st.
6 = vv. 11-12
st. 7 = vv. 13-14
st. 8 = vv. 15-16
st. 9 = vv. 17-18
st. 10 = vv. 19-20

Psalm 9 contains hints that it was originally composed by or for a king in Israel who was under attack (w. 3-6, 13-14). Praise predominates, but it is offered in the context of a prayer for deliverance. The psalmist begins with a vow to praise the LORD for his wonders (st. 1) and quickly moves to praise of God's past defense against enemies and for their defeat (st. 2-3). The security of God's throne and God's righteous rule over the world (st. 4) and the sure refuge the LORD provides under times of attack (st. 5) prompt additional praise and stir a call for the people to honor the Lord’s unfailing attention to those who rely on him (st. 6). The psalmist voices our prayer for deliverance from the threat of enemies (st. 7) and our confession that they will suffer the very evil they perpetrate against the LORD's anointed and his people (st. 8-9). The psalm ends in triumphant hope with a prayer asking God to show the enemies how powerless and vulnerable they are before him (st. 10).

The versification (altered) is from The Book of Psalms for Singing (1973) produced by the Reformed Presbyterian Church in North America, a denomination that limits its congregational song to unaccompanied psalm singing.

Liturgical Use:
Celebration of God's victory over enemies; as a prayer when the church reflects on or experiences the hostility of the present evil age.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook





Charles Ferdinand Wilhelm Walther (b. Langenschursdorf, Saxony, 1811; d. St. Louis, MO, 1887) was an influential Lutheran theologian and leader. He studied theology at Leipzig, was ordained in 1837, and immigrated to the United States in 1839 with other orthodox Lutherans to escape from the rational…

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