Tuesday Hymns: “Hallelujah, Praise Jehovah, O My Soul”

I remember, as a child, being told that the phrase which I was so fervently singing on that Sunday morning was supposed to be “power in the blood,” not “fire in the blood.” (I am not even going to begin to try to figure out the theological implications of my five-year-old version of that old hymn!) Some hymns just connect with children as today’s Tuesday Hymn did with my youngest son. Hallelujah, Praise Jehovah, O My Soul was one of those songs we would often sing during our family worship time because it was Caleb’s favorite hymn. This rendition of the 146th Psalm reminds us that God is the sovereign Lord of the universe, and that all that we have comes from Him. It is usually sung to the tune of RIPLEY, the present arrangement going back to The Psalter, 1912.

Hallelujah, praise Jehovah, O my soul, Jehovah praise; I will sing the glorious praises of my God through all my days. Put no confidence in princes, nor for help on man depend; he shall die, to dust returning, and his purposes shall end.

Happy is the man that chooses Israel’s God to be his aid; he is blessed whose hope of blessing on the Lord his God is stayed. Heav’n and earth the Lord created, seas and all that they contain; He delivers from oppression, righteousness He will maintain.

Food he daily gives the hungry, sets the mourning pris’ner free, raises those bowed down with anguish, makes the sightless eye to see. Well, Jehovah loves the righteous, and the stranger He befriends, helps the fatherless and widow, judgment on the wicked sends.

Hallelujah, praise Jehovah, O my soul, Jehovah praise; I will sing the glorious praises of my God through all my days. Over all God reigns forever, through all ages He is King; unto Him, your God, O Zion, joyful hallelujahs sing.

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