1 O praise ye the Lord, and sing a new song,
amid all his saints his praises prolong.
The praise of their Maker his people shall sing,
and children of Zion rejoice in their King.
2 With timbrel and harp and joyful acclaim,
with gladness and mirth, sing praise to his name;
for God in his people his pleasure doth seek,
with robes of salvation he clotheth the meek.
3 In glory exult, ye saints of the Lord;
with songs in the night high praises accord.
Go forth in his service and strong in his might
to conquer all evil and stand for the right.
4 For this is his word: his saints shall not fail,
but over the earth their pow'r shall prevail.
All kingdoms and nations shall yield to their sway.
To God give the glory and praise him for aye.
Source: Trinity Psalter Hymnal #149B
|First Line:||O praise ye the Lord And sing a new song|
|Title:||O Praise Ye the Lord|
|Refrain First Line:||Go forth in his service|
Praise for the victories God grants his people.
st. 1 = vv. 1-2
st. 2 = vv. 3-4
st. 3 = vv. 5-9
st. 4 = vv. 6-9
Another post-exilic hymn, Psalm 149 summons God's people to praise their Maker and King (st. 1) with dancing and music for delivering them (st. 2) from all who oppose and oppress them (st. 3). God arms them to execute his sentence of judgment on all world powers that have set themselves against the LORD's kingdom (st. 3-4). As a hymn on Israel's lips amid the travails of their history, this psalm was a confession of faith concerning things promised by the prophets and even foreshadowed in the people's past experience, but not yet seen. The (altered) versification is from the 1912 Psalter.
Especially suitable as a psalm of praise at the close of worship; many other uses in Christian worship.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988