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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 33 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

James Henry Fillmore USA 1849-1936. Born at Cincinnati, OH, he helped support his family by running his father's singing school. He married Annie Eliza McKrell in 1880, and they had five children. After his father's death he and his brothers, Charles and Frederick, founded the Fillmore Brothers Music House in Cincinnati, specializing in publishing religious music. He was also an author, composer, and editor of music, composing hymn tunes, anthems, and cantatas, as well as publishing 20+ Christian songbooks and hymnals. He issued a monthly periodical “The music messsenger”, typically putting in his own hymns before publishing them in hymnbooks. Jessie Brown Pounds, also a hymnist, contributed song lyrics to the Fillmore Music Hous… 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


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


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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Instances (1 - 22 of 22)

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

Praise for the Lord (Expanded Edition) #868

Psalms for All Seasons #89A

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #169

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Rejoice Hymns #48

Renew! Songs and Hymns for Blended Worship #111

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Sing and Rejoice! #42


Small Church Music #788

Songs of Faith and Praise #442

Songs of Fellowship #277

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


The Celebration Hymnal #161


The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #457

The Worshiping Church #30

With Heart and Voice #17


Worship and Rejoice #60

Worship His Majesty #204

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Yes, Lord! #435


Zion still Sings #21

Include 11 pre-1979 instances
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