Sing Psalms Unto Him

Give thanks to God, call on his name; To men his deeds make known

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1 Give thanks to God, call on his name;
to men his deeds make known.
2 Sing ye to him, sing psalms; proclaim
his wondrous works each one.
3 To glory in his holy name
unite with one accord;
and let the heart of every one
rejoice that seeks the Lord.

4 The Lord Almighty and his strength,
with stedfast hearts seek ye:
his blessed and his gracious face
seek ye continually.
5 Think on the works that he hath done.
Which admiration breed;
his wonders, and the judgments all
which from his mouth proceed;

6 O ye that are of Abraham’s race,
his servant faithful known;
and ye that Jacob’s children are,
whom he chose for his own.
7 Because he, and he only, is
the mighty Lord our God;
and his most righteous judgments are
in all the earth abroad.

8 His covenant he remembered hath,
that it may ever stand:
to thousand generations he
his promise did command.
9 Which covenant he firmly made
with faithful Abraham,
and unto Isaac by his oath,
he did renew the same:

10 And unto Jacob, for a law,
he made it firm and sure,
a covenant to Israel,
which ever should endure:
11 he said, I will give Canaan’s land
for heritage to you;
12 while they were strangers there, and few,
in number very few:

13 While yet they went from land to land
without a sure abode;
and while through sundry kingdoms they
did wander far abroad;1
4 yet, notwithstanding, suffered he
no man to do them wrong:
yea, for their sakes, he did reprove
kings, who were great and strong.

15 Thus did he say, Touch ye not those
that mine anointed be,
nor do the prophets any harm
that do pertain to me.
16 He called for famine on the land,
he brake the staff of bread:
17 but yet he sent a man before,
by whom they should be fed;

Even Joseph, whom unnaturally
sell for a slave did they;
18 whose feet with fetters they did hurt,
and he in irons lay;
19 until the time that his word came
to give him liberty;
the word and purpose of the Lord
did him in prison try.

20 Then sent the king and did command
that he enlarged should be:
he that the people’s ruler was
did send to set him free.
21 To be the Lord of all his house
he raised him as most fit;
to him of all that he possessed
he did the charge commit:

22 That he might at his pleasure bind
the princes of the land;
and also teach his senators
wisdom to understand.
23 And down into the land of Ham,
to Egypt, Israel came;
down into Egypt came;
and for a season Jacob then
did sojourn in the same.

24 And he did greatly by his power
increase his people there;
and stronger than their enemies
they by his blessing were.
25 Their heart he turned then to hate
his people bitterly;
with those that his own servants were
to deal in subtlety.

26 His servant Moses he did send,
Aaron his chosen one:
27 by these his signs and wonders great
in Ham’s land were made known.
28 Darkness he sent, and made it dark;
his word they did obey.
29 He turned their waters into blood,
and he their fish did slay.

30 The land in plenty brought forth frogs
in chambers of their kings.
31 His word all sorts of flies and lice
in all their border brings.
32 For showers hail and flaming fire
into their land he sent:
33 and he their vines and fig-trees smote;
trees of their coasts he rent.

34 He spake, and caterpillars came,
locusts did much abound;
35 which in their land all herbs consumed,
and all fruits of their ground.
36 He smote all first-born in their land,
chief of their strength each one.
37 With gold and silver brought them forth,
weak in their tribes were none.

38 Egypt was glad when forth they went,
their fear on them did light.
39 He spread a cloud for covering,
and fire to shine by night.
40 They asked, he sent the quail, and bread
of heaven on them bestowed;
41 the rock he opened rocks, waters gushed, streams in the desert flowed

42 For on his holy promise he,
and servant Abraham, thought.
43 With joy his people, his elect
with gladness, forth he brought.
44 And unto them the pleasant lands
he of the heathen gave;
That of the people’s labour they
inheritance might have.

45 That they his statutes might observe
according to his word;
And that they might his laws obey.
Give praise unto the Lord.

Source: The Irish Presbyterian Hymbook #P105a

Text Information

First Line: Give thanks to God, call on his name; To men his deeds make known
Title: Sing Psalms Unto Him
Source: Scottish Psalter, 1650
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Published in a chapel hymnal for the Duke of Würtemberg (Gesangbuch der Herzogl, 1784), ELLACOMBE (the name of a village in Devonshire, England) was first set to the words "Ave Maria, klarer und lichter Morgenstern." During the first half of the nineteenth century various German hymnals altered the…

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From William Tans’ur’s A Compleat Melody: or, The Harmony of Sion (London: W. Pearson, for James Hodges, 1735), attributed to him there as composer and/or arranger. Hymn Tune Index no. 1393a. The tune is sometimes attributed to Henry Purcell, although the reasons for that attribution are unclear…

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