1 Sing to the Lord a joyful song,
lift up your hearts, your voices raise;
to us his gracious gifts belong,
to him our songs of love and praise.
2 For life and love, for rest and food,
for daily help and nightly care,
sing to the Lord, for he is good,
and praise his name, for it is fair.
3 For strength to those who on him wait
his truth to prove, his will to do,
sing to our God, for he is great,
trust in his name, for it is true.
4 For joys untold, that from above
cheer those who love his sweet employ,
sing to our God, for he is love;
exalt his name, for it is joy.
5 Sing to the Lord of heaven and earth,
whom angels serve and saints adore,
the Father, Son, and Spirit blest,
to whom be praise for evermore. Amen.
Source: Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise #184
|First Line:||Sing to the Lord a joyful song, Lift up your hearts, your voices raise|
|Author:||John S. B. Monsell|
Sing to the Lord a joyful song. J. S. B. Monsell. [Morning.] This hymn, based on Ps. cxlv. 1, 2, appeared in his Hymns of Love and Praise, 1863, p. i. in 5 stanzas of 8 lines. It was repeated with slight variations in his Spiritual Songs, 1869, and again in his Parish Hymnal, 1873, No. 13. The text in common use, as in the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Church Hymns, 1871; Thring's Collection, 1882, and others, is that of 1863.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)