Tuesday Hymn: “All You That Fear Jehovah’s Name

When I get busy, the first thing that suffers is my desire to be consistent in posting to this blog. However, today I am “getting back in the saddle again” and “taking up my pen” (how is that for the mixing of metaphors?) to post a Tuesday Hymn. Today’s hymn comes from The Psalter, 1912, and is entitled in The Trinity Hymnal, “All You That Fear Jehovah’s Name.” It is based on the latter part of Psalm 22 (verses 23-26, and 31 to be exact), and speaks of God’s glory (verse 1), His compassion (verse 2), His goodness (verse 3), His provision (verse 4), and His righteousness (verse 5). It is usually sung to the tune of PARK STREET and makes an excellent opening hymn of praise for the people of God gathered in corporate worship.

All ye that fear Jehovah’s Name,
His glory tell, His praise proclaim;
Ye children of His chosen race,
Stand ye in awe before His face,
Stand ye in awe before His face.

The suffering one He has not spurned
Who unto Him for succor turned;
From him He has not hid His face
But answered his request in grace,
But answered his request in grace.

O Lord, Thy goodness makes me raise
Amid Thy people songs of praise;
Before all them that fear Thee, now
I worship Thee and pay my vow,
I worship Thee and pay my vow.

For all the meek Thou wilt provide,
They shall be fed and satisfied;
All they that seek the Lord shall live
And never ending praises give,
And never ending praises give.

The Lord’s unfailing righteousness
All generations shall confess,
From age to age shall men be taught
What wondrous works the Lord has wrought,
What wondrous works the Lord has wrought.

The Lord’s Day: “Not a yoke, but a blessing.”

Last Lord’s Day, the following was on the front of our Worship Bulletin. It is a reminder to all the people of God that the Lord’s Day is His gift to us to be able to turn aside one day in every seven to worship Him in Spirit and Truth as the people of God.

I will now let J. C. Ryle speak for himself:

“The Sabbath is God’s merciful appointment for the benefit of all mankind. It is not a yoke, but a blessing. It is not a burden, but a mercy. It is not a hard wearisome requirement, but a mighty benefit. It carries with it its own reward. It is good for man’s body, mind and above all, his soul.

I do not want anyone to misunderstand my meaning, when I bid him to keep the Sabbath holy. I do not tell anyone that he ought to pray all day, or read his Bible all day, or go to church all day, or meditate all day, on a Sunday. All I say is, that the Sunday rest should be a holy rest. God ought to be kept in view; God’s Word ought to be studied; God’s House ought to be attended; the soul’s business ought to be specially considered; and I say that everything which prevents the day being kept holy in this way, ought as far as possible to be avoided.

I am no admirer of a gloomy religion. Let no one suppose that I want Sunday to be a day of sadness and unhappiness. I want every Christian to be a happy man: I wish him to have “joy and peace in believing.” I want everyone to regard Sunday as the brightest, most cheerful day of all the seven; and I tell everyone who finds such a Sunday as I advocate a wearisome day, that there is something sadly wrong in the state of his heart. I tell him plainly that if he cannot enjoy a “holy” Sunday, the fault is not in the day, but in his own soul.”