Thou art Worthy

Representative Text

Thou art worthy,
Thou art worthy,
Thou art worthy, O Lord,
To receive glory,
Glory and honor,
Glory and honor and pow'r
For Thou hast created,
hast all things created,
Thou hast created all things;
And for Thy pleasure
they are created -
Thou art worthy, O Lord.

Source: Favorites Number 9: A Collection of Gospel Songs #56

Paraphraser: Pauline M. Mills

In her teens, Pauline was a pianist for Stockton, California, area churches. In 1975, she was ordained by L.I.F.E. Bible College in Los Angeles. On an evangelism tour, her son told a congregation to offer their favorite scripture and--without telling her in advance--said his mother would write music for it before the service was over. "Thou Art Worthy" was the result. --Daniel Mahraun (from Go to person page >


Scripture References: st. = Rev. 4:11 Based on Revelation 4: 11, "You Are Worthy" is a setting of one of several doxologies recorded in God's revelation to the apostle John on the island of Patmos. This doxology is sung by the twenty-four elders gathered around God's throne. Usually taken to be representatives of all of God's people, these elders lay their crowns before the throne as a sign of their submission to God's rule and then burst into song, praising God for his creative acts. A similar "You are worthy. . ." occurs in Revelation 5 (233, st. 2)–a doxology praising the Lamb's redemptive acts. Pauline Michael Mills (b. Portland, IN, 1898) drew the versification almost verbatim from the King James Version in 1963. She reported that she composed the tune "on the spot" at a church meeting "somewhere in Oregon." The song was published in the chorus book Asaph Praise (1964), and the language was cast into more modern English in Hymns for Today’s Church (1982), along with minor adjustments in the music. These revisions were adopted for publication in the Psalter Hymnal. A graduate of the L.I.F.E. Bible School, Mills became an ordained minister in the Foursquare International Church. She served as a music director and exhorter in various churches and traveled widely, ministering to women's groups. Mills has written over three hundred Scripture songs and love songs, some of which were published in Asaph Psalter (1970). Liturgical Use: As a doxology or acclamation; as a frame around another song (for example, the Te Deum, 504). --Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988


WORTHY (Mills)

WORTHY is a simple chorus that is best sung unaccompanied and in harmony performance tempos on this song vary immensely, but bear in mind that it must not be rushed. Keep one pulse per measure. The song must convey a sense of dignity, awe, and majesty. It is common in the tradition of Scripture sing…

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Instances (1 - 21 of 21)

African American Heritage Hymnal #119

Baptist Hymnal 2008 #23

Bread of Life Scripture Songs #2

Chalice Hymnal #114

Complete Mission Praise #696


Favorites Number 9 #56

Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #s.30


Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #72

Text InfoTune InfoAudio

Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #232

Rejoice Hymns #67

Renew! Songs and Hymns for Blended Worship #34

Sing Joyfully #11

Sing the Faith #2041

The Celebration Hymnal #100

The Covenant Hymnal #65

The Faith We Sing #2041

The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #73

The Worshiping Church #116

Total Praise #114

Worship and Rejoice #126

Worship Together #34

Include 4 pre-1979 instances
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