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Give Thanks to God, for Good Is He

Give thanks to God, for good is he: His love abides forever

Tune: CONSTANCE (Sullivan)
Published in 15 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, MusicXML
Audio files: MIDI

Full Text

1 Give thanks to God, for good is he:
his love abides forever.
To him all praise and glory be:
his mercy lasts forever.
His wondrous works with praise record:
his love abides forever.
The only God, the sovereign Lord:
his mercy lasts forever.

2 His wisdom made the heavens to be:
his love abides forever.
He spread the earth upon the sea:
his mercy lasts forever.
Praise him whose sun awakes the day:
his love abides forever.
The moon and stars his might display:
his mercy lasts forever.

3 He helped us in our deepest woes:
his love abides forever.
He ransomed us from all our foes:
his mercy lasts forever.
Each creature's need he will supply:
his love abides forever.
Give thanks to God, enthroned on high:
his mercy lasts forever.

Psalter Hymnal, 1987

Text Information

First Line: Give thanks to God, for good is he: His love abides forever
Title: Give Thanks to God, for Good Is He
Meter: 8.7.8.7
Source: Psalter, 1912, alt.
Language: English

Notes

Scripture References:
st. 1 = Ps. 136:1-4
st. 2 = Ps. 136:5-9
st. 3 = Ps. 136:23-26

This hymn of thankful praise is based on sections from Psalm 136, the great litany psalm. The litany refrain is captured in two alternating phrases about God's love and mercy that endure forever. The versification dates from the 1912 Psalter. See PHH 136 for more information on Psalm 136.

Liturgical Use:
See PHH 136.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Tune

CONSTANCE (Sullivan)

Arthur S. Sullivan (PHH 46) composed CONSTANCE for James G. Small's hymn text "I've Found a Friend, O Such a Friend"; the sentiment of that text explains the tune title. That text and tune were published in the Swedenborgian New Church Hymn Book (1874). CONSTANCE is a solid Victorian tune with a fi…

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FRIEND


[Give thanks to God, for good is He]


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Media

The Cyber Hymnal #2066
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #182
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)

Instances

Instances (1 - 3 of 3)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #136ETextPage Scan
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #182Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreAudioPage Scan
The Cyber Hymnal #2066TextScoreAudio
Include 12 pre-1979 instances



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