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239. Amid the Thronging Worshipers

1 Amid the thronging worshipers
the Lord, our God, I bless;
before his people gathered here
his name will I confess.
Come, praise him, all who fear the Lord,
the children of his grace;
with reverence sound his glories forth
and bow before his face.

2 The burden of the sorrowful
the Lord will not despise;
he has not turned from those who mourn,
he listens to their cries.
His goodness makes me join the throng
where saints his praise proclaim,
and there will I fulfill my vows
with those who fear his name.

3 He feeds with good the humble soul
and satisfies the meek,
and they shall live and praise the Lord
who for his mercy seek.
The ends of all the earth will hear,
the nations seek the Lord;
they worship him, the King of kings,
in earth and heaven adored.

Text Information
First Line: Amid the thronging worshipers
Title: Amid the Thronging Worshipers
Publication Date: 1987
Meter: CMD
Topic: Commitment & Dedication; Funerals; Opening of Worship (6 more...)
Source: Psalter, 1912
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: Laura A. Tate (1912)
Meter: CMD
Key: C Major

Text Information:

Scripture References
st.1 = Ps. 22:22-23
st.2 = Ps. 22:24-25
st.3 = Ps. 22:26-28

“Amid the Thronging Worshipers” is a versification from the concluding part of Psalm 22, that great psalm of lament most quoted in the New Testament. The conclusion of Psalm 22 features vows of strong praise made in the sure faith that God will deliver the believer and answer prayer. Like many psalms, this text is cosmic in scope, moving from the singular “I” (st.1) to “his people” and saints” (st.1-2) to “all the earth” (st.3) The versification is from the 1912 Psalter. See PHH22 for further commentary on Psalm 22.

Liturgical Use:
Beginning of worship; praise occasions.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Tune Information:

Laura A. Tate composed the tune BOVINA, which was first published with this text in the 1912 Psalter published by the United Presbyterian Church (UPC). No information is known about her, but since her tune was copyrighted by the UPC in 1904 she may have been associated with that denomination. Sing in four broad phrases, perhaps in harmony.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

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