620. Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven (Psalm 103)

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1 Praise, my soul, the King of heaven;
to his feet your tribute bring;
ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
evermore his praises sing:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise the everlasting King.

2 Praise him for his grace and favor
to his people in distress;
praise him still the same as ever,
slow to chide, and swift to bless:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Glorious in his faithfulness.

3 Fatherlike, he tends and spares us;
well our feeble frame he knows;
in his hands he gently bears us,
rescues us from all our foes.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Widely yet his mercy flows.

4 Angels, help us to adore him;
you behold him face to face.
Sun and moon, bow down before him,
dwellers all in time and space:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise with us the God of grace.

Text Information
First Line: Praise my soul, the King of heaven
Title: Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven (Psalm 103)
Author: Henry Francis Lyte (1834, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: Psalm 103; 1 Chronicles 29:10-13; Nehemiah 9:17; Psalm 36:5; Psalm 47:6; Psalm 91:12; Psalm 145:8; Psalm 148:2; Lamentations 5:19; Daniel 4:37; Joel 2:13; Jonah 4:2; Nahum 1:3; Matthew 18:10; 1 Timothy 1:17; Revelation 5:9; Revelation 7:9
Topic: Adoration; Faithfulness; Mercy (2 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: John Goss (1869)
Key: D Major

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This free paraphrase of Psalm 103 gains much energy and conviction by including the double “Alleluia!” before the final line of text. That repeated four-note figure descending from the tune’s highest note gives voice to the praise that the rest of the hymn evokes.

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