Composer: Brent Chambers (1977)
Published in 10 hymnals

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Composer: Brent Chambers

Brent Sinclair Chambers (b. Napier, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, 1948) composed this song after experiencing an evening of ethnic music and dance in 1977. Chambers attended the Bible College of New Zealand and Auckland University and then became a self-employed painting contractor and song writer. He has written or co-written over five hundred songs, a number of which have been recorded or published. He based the text on Psalm 22:3, 22 and Psalm 145:7, though the words of the first line could also have been taken from Psalm 52:9b. He named his tune CELEBRATION, and both text and music were published in Scripture in Song (1977), one of the most important Scripture-chorus collections (initially from New Zealand) of the 1970s. The vocable "lai," s… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Brent Chambers (1977)
Meter: Irregular
Incipit: 54321 71554 321
Key: d minor
Copyright: © 1977 Universal Music - Brentwood-Benson Publishing


In the Presence of Your People

In the presence of your people
I will praise your name,
for alone you are holy,
enthroned on the praises of Israel.
Let us celebrate your goodness
and your steadfast love;
may your name be exalted
here on earth and in heaven above.

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CELEBRATION is music in the style of the Jewish hora, that is, "dance music." Sing the tune with enthusiasm, beginning more slowly, and increasing the tempo for each repetition or new stanza. The accompaniment is best played with piano and/or guitars. The exuberant character of this music also invites hand clapping and the use of other instruments such as strings and tambourines. The descant may be performed instrumentally (on violin or oboe, for example) at pitch or an octave higher. This descant is unusual because it lies below the main tune much of the time. Once the congregation knows the melody, direct the whole choir to sing the descant in octaves. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook


Instances (1 - 10 of 10)

Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #121

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Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #631


Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #22F

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #160

Renew! Songs & Hymns for Blended Worship #12

Songs for Life #25

The Worshiping Church #19

Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #727

Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #745

With One Voice #720

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