How lovely on the mountains are the feet of himVersifier: Leonard E. Smith (1974)
Tune: OUR GOD REIGNS
Published in 12 hymnals
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1 How lovely on the mountains
Are the feet of him
Who brings good news,good news,
Announcing peace proclaiming
News of happiness.
Our God reigns our God reigns!
Our God reigns!
Our God reigns!
Our God reigns!
Our God reigns!
2 He had no stately form;
He had no majesty.
That we should be
drawn to Him.
He was despised,
and we took no account of Him,
Yet now He reigns
With the Most High. [Chorus]
3 Out of the tomb He came
With grace and majesty;
He is alive, He is alive.
God loves us so see here His hands,
His feet, His side.
Yes we know
He is alive. [Chorus]
Source: Baptist Hymnal 2008 #58
|First Line:||How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him|
|Title:||Our God Reigns|
|Versifier:||Leonard E. Smith (1974)|
|Refrain First Line:||Our God reigns|
|Copyright:||© 1974, 1978 by L. E. Smith, Jr./New Jerusalem Music. Author has given permission for the hymn to be viewed on this website|
st. = Isa. 52:7
Isaiah 52:7 speaks of "good news," originally referring to Israel's delivery from captivity and return to Jerusalem. Today Christians sing these words to celebrate our delivery from sin through Christ
(Rom. 10:15-16), who brings salvation and a restoration of God's rule, resulting in peace and happiness. The song text combines Isaiah's message with the theme that rings throughout the Psalms: God reigns!
Leonard E. Smith, Jr., (b. Philadelphia, PA, 1942) composed this song in 1973 in Riverton, New Jersey. Educated at Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, where he received a BA in philosophy, Smith first taught in public high schools, but his evangelical efforts in the schools created problems, resulting in his dismissal. He then began painting houses to support his family.
One night as he was reading Isaiah 52 he was overwhelmed by the conviction that God was in control of his life and of all creation; he wrote this song that night in just five minutes. The song was first sung at New Covenant Community Church, where Smith served as worship leader. Though not published for some time, it became known internationally when evangelist Bob Mumford included it in his crusades. It was first published in a Servant Publications hymnal, Songs of Praise (vol. 2, 1977). In 1978 Smith added four additional verses. He has published over 130 Scripture songs with New Jerusalem Music Co.
Mission services; ordination services; Epiphany; Pentecost; Ascension. The chorus alone can be used as an acclamation, especially in informal services, or it can be used as a frame to surround another hymn such as "Sing Praise to the Lord" (466), or, if transposed to C major, added to Psalm 93 or 97.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
|Instances (1 - 12 of 12)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #319||Our God Reigns||How lovely on the mountains||OUR GOD REIGNS||2008||Various authors|
|Baptist Hymnal 2008 #58||Our God Reigns||How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him||OUR GOD REIGNS||Leonard E. Smith, Jr.||Irregular meter||2008||Assurance, Security, Confidence,Rest | ; Praise, Adoration, Worship, Exaltation of God ||
|Church Family Worship #421||How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him||How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him||Irr||1988|
|Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #129||How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him||How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him||2000|
|Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #295||How lovely on the mountains (Our God reigns)||How lovely on the mountains||[How lovely on the mountains]||Leonard E. Smith, Jnr.; Unknown||Isaiah 53; Philippians 2:10-11; Psalm 93:3-1||2000||Advent | ; Evangelism | ; Hope and Consolation | ; Redemption and Salvation | ; Years A, B, and C | Christmas Day|
|Complete Mission Praise #249||How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him||How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him||Irr||2000|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #195||Our God Reigns||How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him||OUR GOD REIGNS||Leonard E. Smith, Jr.||PM||Isaiah 52:7; Isaiah 52||1987||Biblical Names & Places | Jerusalem; King, God/Christ as | ; Preaching | ; Songs for Children | Bible Songs; Ministry & Service | ; Missions | ; New Creation | ; Salvation ||
|Sing Joyfully #290||Our God Reigns||How lovely on the mountains||[How lovely on the mountains]||Leonard W. Smith||1989|
|Small Church Music #841||How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him||How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him||OUR GOD REIGNS|
|The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #372||Our God Reigns||How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him||OUR GOD REIGNS||Leonard E. Smith, Jr.||Irregular meter||1997||Christ | Ascension and Reign|
|The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #229||Our God Reigns||How lovely on the mountains||OUR GOD REIGNS||Leonard E. Smith, Jr.||Irregular meter||1986||Christ | Ascension and Reign; Christ | Resurrection; Missions and Evangelism ||
|This Far By Faith: an African American resource for worship #99||How Lovely on the Mountains (Our God Reigns)||How lovely on the mountains||OUR GOD REIGNS||Leonard E. Smith||Psalm 9:7||1999||Easter | ; Ascension | ; Witness ||