God reigns: let earth rejoice! Sing praise with one great voiceVersifier: Marie J. Post (1981)
Tune: GENEVAN 97
Published in 2 hymnals
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|First Line:||God reigns: let earth rejoice! Sing praise with one great voice|
|Title:||God Reigns: Let Earth Rejoice!|
|Versifier:||Marie J. Post (1981)|
|Copyright:||Text and harmonization © 1987, CRC Publications|
A joyful celebration of the LORD's righteous rule over all the world.
st. 1 = vv. 1-2
st. 2 = vv. 3-6
st. 3 = vv. 7-9
st. 4 = vv. 10-12
Singing Psalm 97 in the liturgy of a high festival such as the Feast of Tabernacles, the Levites exhorted all peoples of the earth to turn from their powerless idols (v. 7) and to rejoice in the LORD, whose reign is universal, righteous, and eternal (st. 1). Mighty displays of God's power over creation show the righteousness of God's rule and the majesty of God's glory (st. 2). With the people of Israel, we rejoice that God is "Most High over all the earth" (st. 3), and we remember that the LORD grants favor and protection only to those who hate evil and are upright in heart (st. 4). Marie J. Post (PHH 5) versified this psalm in 1981 for the Psalter Hymnal.
Christmas; Ascension; mission and evangelism celebrations.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987