Psalm 126

126A: When God First Brought Us Back

Performance Notes:

  • For performance notes on this song, see page 1089 of Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship.
  • For more information about this song, refer to the Leader’s Edition of Sing! A New Creation.

Other Resources:

  • Visit hymnary.org for more information on this song and additional resources.
  • The following are alternative accompaniments for this tune, WAYFARING STRANGER

Alternative Harmonization for Organ and Descant Resources:

  • Burkhardt, Michael  As Though the Whole Creation Cried  vol. 2. Morningstar MSM-10-606 [2009]
  • Wilkinson, John T. One Hundred and Four Descants for “The Hymn Book”. enThusia [1980]

Copyright Information:

  • Words: Carl P. Daw Jr. (b. 1944) © 1996 Hope Publishing Company
  • Music (WAYFARING STRANGER 9.8.9.8 D): traditional American; arr. Horace Clarence Boyer (1935-2009) © 1992 Horace Clarence Boyer
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126B: A Responsorial Setting

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Copyright Information:

  • Words and Music: Andrew Donaldson © 1995 Andrew Donaldson
  • Psalm Text: from Evangelical Lutheran Worship © 2006 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, admin. Augsburg Fortress Publishers
  • Tone: © 2011 Faith Alive Christian Resources
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  • Words: Ladies of the Grail © 1963, 1986 The Grail, England, GIA Publications, Inc., exclusive North American agent
  • Music: Joseph Gelineau © 1963, 1986 The Grail, England, GIA Publications, Inc., exclusive North American agent
  • Tone: © 2011 Faith Alive Christian Resources
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126C: A Prayer for Deliverance

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Copyright Information:

  • John D. Witvliet, 2011, © Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike
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126D: When the Lord Brought Back

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Copyright Information:

  • Words: Henry Bryan Hays, O. S. B. (b. 1920) © 1979 Liturgical Press
  • Music (LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN): Henry Bryan Hays, O. S. B. (b. 1920) © 1979, 1991 Liturgical Press
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126E: When God Restored Our Common Life

Performance Notes:

  • For performance notes on this song, see page 1089 of Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship.
  • The following artice is by Emily Brink, from Reformed Worship.

For those who use the lectionary, Psalm 126 is scheduled for singing on December 11, 2011, the third Sunday of Advent. Many churches follow the Old Testament reading with a psalm; for this year the selected reading is Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11, the passage Jesus quoted at the beginning of his ministry: “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. . . .” That was joyful news to the people of Israel, and it is joyful news today. Christ came to “bind up the brokenhearted . . . proclaim freedom for the captives . . . release from darkness for the prisoners . . . to comfort all who mourn.”

Psalm 126 is a very appropriate response to that joyful news, and the third Sunday of Advent is often characterized by joy. Ruth Duck, author of many hymns and professor of worship at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, wrote this setting in a traditional metrical form, covering the psalm in two stanzas and then adding a third in the form of a prayer “for all who are oppressed.” This setting was included in her 1994 collection Dancing in the Universe (GIA, 1992).

This text, she says, was “inspired by Psalm 126 . . . for all who have dedicated themselves to a journey of liberation and justice. Although at times the journey appears to lead through a never-ending wilderness, the Spirit is at work among us, transforming tears to life-giving water.”

Some hymnals set this text to resignation; others set it to salvation. Both tunes are appropriate, and both delightfully include a bit of “text painting” with upward movement on the words “spring up” in the last line. I also enjoy the allusion to Psalm 23 in resignation, historically associated with “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need.” Both of these American folk tunes serve the hymn well, whether accompanied by organ, piano, or a worship team.

Tune Information:

SALVATION is an anonymous tune that was published in Ananias Davisson's Kentucky Harmony (1816), the first Southern shape-note tune book. The melody was originally in the tenor. A rounded bar form (AABA'), SALVATION must be sung solemnly but not too slowly; the half-note rhythms define the energy of this music.

The harmonization was composed by Kenneth John Munson (b. Galesburg, IL, 1916; d. Burlington, VT, 1986) and first appeared in the Unitarian Universalist Hymns for the Celebration of Life (1964) set to three different texts. Munson studied at Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, and received a Ph.D. in music from Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York. He served as chair of the music department at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, from 1942-1981, and was organist and choir director in several churches throughout his career.

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Copyright Information:

  • Words: Ruth C. Duck, 1982, © 1992 GIA Publications, Inc.
  • Music (SALVATION 8.6.8.6 D): Kentucky Harmony, 1816; harm. Kenneth Munson (1916-1988), P.D.
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