Tuesday Hymns: “Hallelujah! Raise, O Raise”

This past Sunday, as we sang, Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, and I glanced across the page and noticed a hymn with which I was not familiar, Hallelujah! Raise, O Raise. The phrase that caught my eye was, “Yet to view the heav’ns He bends; yea, to earth He condescends.” The phrase reminded me of John Calvin’s explanation of the eternal God “being so indulgent to us that He prattles for our sake.” The finite can never truly comprehend the infinite, but our gracious God has chosen to reveal Himself to us in language that we can understand. Yes, it is true that the “the secret things belong to the LORD our God,” but it is just as true that “the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” (Deuteronomy 29:29)

I am so grateful that the Lord has chosen to reveal Himself to us through His Word, and I am also grateful that Josiah Conder’s adaptation of Psalm 113 found its way into The Trinity Hymnal. It is sung to the tune, ALCESTER.

Hallelujah! raise, O raise
To our God the song of praise;
All His servants join to sing
God our Savior and our King.

Blessèd be forevermore
That dread Name which we adore;
Round the world His praise be sung
Through all lands, in every tongue.

O’er all nations God alone,
Higher than the heav’ns His throne;
Who is like to God most high,
Infinite in majesty!

Yet to view the heav’ns He bends;
Yea, to earth He condescends;
Passing by the rich and great,
For the low and desolate.

He can raise the poor to stand
With the princes of the land;
Wealth upon the needy shower;
Set him with the high in power.

He the broken spirit cheers:
Turns to joy the mourner’s tears;
Such the wonders of His ways;
Praise His Name, forever praise!

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