I Will Sing of the Mercies of the LORD

Versifier (st. 1): James H. Fillmore

Born: June 1, 1849, Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio. Died: Feb­ru­a­ry 8, 1936, Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio. Buried: Spring Grove Cem­e­te­ry, Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio. His works in­clude: Songs of Glo­ry, 1874 Joy and Gladness (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: Fill­more Bro­thers, 1880) Gems and Jew­els, with James Rose­crans (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: Fill­more Bro­thers, 1890) Joy and Praise, with Will­iam Kirk­pat­rick (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: Fill­more Mu­sic House, cir­ca 1908) --www.hymntime.com/tch  Go to person page >

Versifier (st. 2): Marie J. Post

Marie was educated at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan. She taught at the Muskegon Christian Junior High School from 1940 to 1942). She contributed poetry to the Grand Rapids Press and church periodicals for three decades, and served on the 1987 Revision Committee for the Christian Reformed Church’s Psalter Hymnal, which contained a number of her original texts and paraphrases. © The Cyber Hymnal™ (www.hymntime.com/tch) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever
Title: I Will Sing of the Mercies of the LORD
Versifier (st. 1): James H. Fillmore
Versifier (st. 2): Marie J. Post (1983)
Meter: Irregular
Copyright: St 2 © 1987, CRC Publications


Scripture References: st. 1 = Ps. 89:1 st. 2 = Ps. 89:5, 8, 1 Composed by James Fillmore around the turn of the century, this song became popular during the 1960s and, later, in the movement to sing the Scriptures in simple chorus settings. Stanza 1 is identical to the King James Version for Psalm 89:1. Marie J. Post (PHH 5) added a second stanza based partially on 89:5, 8 in 1983. The biblical text versified in this song expresses the praise due to God from all creatures–both earthly and angelic–for his covenant faithfulness and mercy. For further commentary on this psalm see PHH 89. Liturgical Use: Beginning of worship and other points of praise in worship; baptisms (especially easy for children to learn); after confession of sin and reassurance of forgiveness, when worshipers will want to praise God for his mercy. See also PHH 89. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook


FILLMORE (Fillmore 12333)

James Henry Fillmore (b. Cincinnati, OH, 1849; d. Cincinnati, 1936) began his musical career by teaching music classes in a singing school and by selling music books (mainly those published by his father). The success of these early sales enabled him to establish, with his brother Frank, the Fillmo…

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