569. Praise the Lord with the Sound of Trumpet

Text Information
First Line: Praise the Lord with the sound of trumpet
Title: Praise the Lord with the Sound of Trumpet
Author: Natalie Sleeth (1975)
Publication Date: 1987
Meter: PM
Scripture: ;
Topic: Doxologies; Praise & Adoration; Songs for Children: Hymns (2 more...)
Source: Sunday Songbook, from
Language: English
Copyright: Text and music © 1976, Hinshaw Music, Inc. Used by permission
Tune Information
Name: PRAISE THE LORD (Sleeth)
Composer: Natalie Sleeth (1975)
Meter: PM
Key: F Major
Copyright: Text and music © 1976, Hinshaw Music, Inc. Used by permission.

Text Information:

Scripture References:
st. 1-2 = Ps. 148 Ps.150

Somewhat similar to Francis of Assisi's "All Creatures of Our God and King" (431) and Herbert Brokering's "Earth and All Stars" (433), this text is a wonderful catalog of things, times, and places. All instruments and all occasions can be used to sing our praise to the Lord. Note that God's praise is warranted not only in the good times but also in "the time of sorrow" or in "the peace and quiet" (st. 2).

Natalie Sleeth (PHH 317) wrote both text and tune of this fine praise hymn in 1975 when she worked with church school children and a junior choir at Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. "Praise the Lord" was one of twelve hymns published in Sleeth's Sunday Songbook (1976). It is also available separately as a choral anthem.

Liturgical Use:
As the text suggests, "praise the Lord anytime and anywhere" and "everywhere in every way"!

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Tune Information:

PRAISE THE LORD is a stirring tune in rounded bar form (AABA). It may be sung in unison throughout or, as is true with so many of Sleeth's compositions, as a two-part round. The keyboard extension should be played each time the hymn is sung in canon. The accompaniment, preferably on piano, should preserve the light texture of this tune. Try to emphasize the outer parts, perhaps by using several soprano instruments and string bass or bass guitar in addition to keyboard. Keep the energy of this music quite lively.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

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