Tuesday Hymns: “O Come, Let Us Sing to the Lord”

Last Sunday we sang as our opening hymn at Reformed Presbyterian Church in Beaumont, Texas, our Tuesday Hymn for this week, “O Come, Let Us Sing to the Lord.” It is the metrical version of Psalm 95:1-6, and the source of this song of praise to our Creator and Redeemer is The Scottish Psalter of 1650. The tune connected to this hymn in The Trinity Hymnal is CAITHNESS, but since that particular tune was somewhat unfamiliar to our congregation, we sang it to the tune entitled, AZMON.

It is prudent when choosing to sing a hymn by a different tune to make sure that the tune actually fits the message of the lyrics. For example, this hymn could be sung to the tune of “Here Comes Santa Claus” which would be totally inappropriate (could I say sacrilegious?) because of the lightness of the tune, and the cultural context in which we live. However, AZMON has a sense of gravitas and dignity which fits the royal message of this particular hymn. (I realize that there is some room for disagreement as to what is appropriate and what is not appropriate among Christians. I still remember a spirited discussion at a national Founder’s Conference about the appropriateness of the tune connected to the hymn, Wonderful Grace of Jesus; one noted scholar was convinced the tune sounded like a circus calliope and had no place being used to sing of God’s amazing grace.)

May the message of this hymn remind you of the fact that we should worship the “Lord, our Maker” in Spirit and Truth.

O come, let us sing to the Lord,
To Him our voices raise;
With joyful noise let us the Rock
Of our salvation praise.

Let us before His presence come
With praise and thankful voice;
Let us sing psalms to Him with grace,
And make a joyful noise.

For God’s a great God and great King;
Above all gods He is.
The depths of earth are in His hand;
The heights of hills are His.

To Him the spacious sea belongs,
For He the same did make;
The dry land also from His hands
Its form at first did take.

O come, and let us worship Him;
Let us bow down withal,
And on our knees before the Lord,
our Maker, let us fall.

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