I Will Sing of the Mercies of the Lord

I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever

Author: James H. Fillmore
Tune: FILLMORE (Fillmore 12333)
Published in 26 hymnals

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Representative Text

I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever,
I will sing, I will sing,
I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever,
I will sing of the mercies of the Lord.
With my mouth will I make known
Thy faithfulness, Thy faithfulness,
With my mouth will I make known
Thy faithfulness to all generations,
I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever,
I will sing of the mercies of the Lord.

Source: Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #44

Author: 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 >

Text Information

First Line: I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever
Title: I Will Sing of the Mercies of the Lord
Author: James H. Fillmore
Meter: Irregular
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

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, 1988

Tune

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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Media

Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #169
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
Worship and Rejoice #60

Instances

Instances (1 - 16 of 16)

Baptist Hymnal 2008 #625

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Chalice Hymnal #87

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Hymns for a Pilgrim People #44

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Hymns of Faith #298

Psalms for All Seasons #89A

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #169

Rejoice Hymns #48

Renew! Songs and Hymns for Blended Worship #111

Sing and Rejoice! #42

Audio

Small Church Music #788

Soul-stirring Songs & Hymns (Rev. ed.) #195

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The Celebration Hymnal #161

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The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #457

The Worshiping Church #30

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Worship and Rejoice #60

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Zion still Sings #21

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