PSALM 147:1-11, 20c
METER: 87 87 D
SUGGESTED TUNES: HYMN TO JOY, BEECHER or AUSTRIA
This is the meter to such hymns as "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee," "Love Divine, All Loves Excelling," and "Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken."
1. Praise God! It is good to praise him,
For he is a gra-cious God.
God builds up his ho-ly cit-y;
Gath-ers Is-rael's out-casts in.
Yah-weh heals the bro-ken-heart-ed,
And their wounds does he bind up.
He gave ev-ery star its name and
Set how man-y were to be.
2. Great is God, with plen-teous pow-er;
Bound-less is his wis-dom, too.
God lifts up those tram-pled un-der,
But the wick-ed he casts down.
Sing un-to him with thanks-giv-ing;
With the lyre make mel-o-dy!
He brings clouds to rain up-on earth;
He grows grass up-on the hills.
3. All the an-i-mals he feeds, and
The young rav-ens when they cry.
He de-lights not in a war-horse,
Nor in a foot-sol-dier's strength.
God takes plea-sure in the ones who
Rev-er-ence and fear his name,
And all those who hope in his un-
Chang-ing love. So praise the Lord!
Reprinted by permission of the publisher from Sing the Psalms! by Dale A. Schoening. Copyright 1988 Dale A. Schoening. Alt. 2005 Dale A. Schoening.