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183. With Grateful Heart My Thanks I Bring

1 With grateful heart my thanks I bring,
before the great your praise I sing.
I worship in your holy place
and praise you for your truth and grace;
for truth and grace together shine
in your most holy Word divine,
in your most holy Word divine.

2 I cried to you, and you did save;
your word of grace new courage gave.
The kings of earth shall thank you, LORD,
for they have heard your wondrous word;
yes, they shall come with songs of praise,
for great and glorious are your ways,
for great and glorious are your ways.

3 O LORD, enthroned in glory bright,
you reign alone in heavenly height;
the proud in vain your favor seek,
but you have mercy for the meek.
Through trouble though my pathway be,
you will revive and strengthen me,
you will revive and strengthen me.

4 You will stretch forth your mighty arm
to save me when my foes alarm.
The work you have for me begun
shall by your grace be fully done.
Your love forever will endure:
your mercy, LORD, is ever sure;
your mercy, LORD, is ever sure.

Text Information
First Line: With grateful heart my thanks I bring
Title: With Grateful Heart My Thanks I Bring
Meter: 88 88 88 with repeat
Language: English
Publication Date: 1987
Scripture:
Topic: Praise & Adoration; Grace; Mercy (4 more...)
Source: Psalter, 1912, alt.
Tune Information
Name: SOLID ROCK
Composer: William B. Bradbury (1863)
Meter: 88 88 88 with repeat
Key: F Major


Text Information:

Scripture References:
st. 1 = Ps. 138:1-2
st. 2 = Ps. 138:3-5
st. 3 = Ps. 138:6-7a
st. 4 = Ps. 138:7b-8

Based on Psalm 138, this versification (slightly altered) is from the 1912 Psalter. See PHH 138 for textual commentary on Psalm 138.

Liturgical Use:
See PHH 138.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Tune Information:

The Sunday school hymn writer William B. Bradbury (PHH 114) composed SOLID ROCK in 1863 for Edward Mote's "My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less." The tune name derives from that song's refrain: "On Christ, the solid rock, I stand. . . .” Bradbury published SOLID ROCK in his 1864 children's collection The Golden Censor. The tune exhibits a bar form (AAB) with a coda added to its final line, allowing a repeat of the final phrase in the versification. The final line was originally the refrain line in Mote's gospel hymn. SOLID ROCK is well-suited to singing in harmony; festival use of instruments other than organ heightens the thanksgiving mood of the psalm text.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook


Media
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(Faith Alive Christian Resources)
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