Tuesday Hymns: “You Holy Angels Bright”

Richard Baxter (1615-1691) was a Puritan pastor known for his dedicated pastoral ministry to the flock that God had placed in his charge. He consistently visited in the homes of God’s people, faithfully catechizing his people with the truth of Scripture. Although he was somewhat of a theological renegade (he had Amyraldian leanings), his practical works continue to touch the lives of those charged with shepherding the flock of God. Our Tuesday Hymn for this week is Baxter’s hymn, You Holy Angels Bright, which is based on the 148th Psalm.

This Psalm runs down a long list of those who should praise the Lord for His worthiness: the angels, the saints in heaven, all the nations of the earth, the saints on the earth, and most of all, his own soul gathered with God’s “triumphant flock.” It is sung to the familiar tune, DARWALL.

Ye holy angels bright,
Who wait at God’s right hand,
Or through the realms of light
Fly at your Lord’s command,
Assist our song,
For else the theme
Too high doth seem
For mortal tongue.

Ye blessed souls at rest,
Who ran this earthly race,
And now, from sin released,
Behold the Saviour’s face,
God’s praises sound,
As in his sight
With sweet delight
Ye do abound.

All nations of the earth,
Extol the world’s great King;
With melody and mirth
His glorious praises sing;
For he still reigns,
And will bring low
The proudest foe
That him disdains.

Sing forth Jehovah’s praise,
Ye saints, that on him call!
Him magnify always
His holy churches all!
In him rejoice,
And there proclaim
His holy name
With sounding voice.

My soul, bear thou thy part,
Triumph in God above;
With a well-tuned heart
Sing thou the songs of love;
Thou art his own,
Who precious blood
Shed for thy good
His love made known.

Away, distrustful care!
I have thy promise, Lord:
To banish all despair,
I have thine oath and word:
And therefore I
Shall see thy face
And there thy grace
Shall magnify.

With thy triumphant flock,
Then I shall numbered be;
Built on th’eternal rock,
His glory we shall see.
The heavens so high
With praise shall ring
And all shall sing
In harmony.

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