Psalm 134

134A: Come, All You Servants of the Lord

Performance Notes:

  • For performance notes on this song, see page 1090 of Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship.

Other Resources:

  • The following are alternative accompaniments for this tune, GENEVAN 134/OLD HUNDREDETH.

Alternative accompaniments for the organ:

  • Archer, Malcolm. After the Last Verse. Kevin Mayhew ISBN 0 86209 502 6 [1995]
  • Burkhardt, Michael. 5 Psalm Hymn Improvisations. Morningstar MSM-10-511 [1997]
  • Fedak, Alfred V. 25 More Harmonizations. Selah 160-729 [1998]
  • Hancock, Gerre. Organ Improvisations for Hymn Singing. Hinshaw HMO-100 [1975]
  • Mawby, Colin. Hymns for Occasions. Kevin Mayhew ISBN 0-86209-568-9 [1994]
  • McKinney, Howard D. Preludes for Fifty-Five Well-Known Hymn Tunes. J. Fischer 9770 [1967]
  • Noble, T. Tertius. Free Organ Accompaniments to One Hundred Well-Known Hymn Tunes. J. Fischer 8175 [1946]
  • Powell, Robert J. Free Hymn Accompaniments. Abingdon APM-513 [1979]
  • Proulx, Richard. Hymn Intonations Preludes & Free Harmonizations. Vol. I Selah 160-720 [1991]
  • Rawsthorne, Noel. 200 Last Verses. Kevin Mayhew ISBN 0 86209 189 6 [1991]
  • Shaw, Geoffrey. The Descant Hymn-Tune Book bk 1. Novello 15207
  • Thiman, Eric. Varied Accompaniments to Thirty-Four Well-Known Hymn Tunes. Oxford ISBN 0 19 323210 3 [1937]
  • Wilkinson, John T. One Hundred and Four Descants for “The Hymn Book”. enThusia [1980]
  • Willcocks, David. Six Hymns of Praise. Oxford ISBN 0 19 353558 0 [1979]

Alternative Harmonization for Piano:

  • Hopson, Hal H. The Creative Use of the Piano in Worship. Hope 8392 [2008]
  • Organ, Anne Krentz. Let It Rip! At the Piano. vol. 2 Augsburg ISBN 0-8006-7580-0 [2003]

Copyright Information:

  • Words: Arlo D. Duba, 1984, © 1986 Arlo D. Duba
  • Music (GENEVAN 134/OLD HUNDREDTH 8.8.8.8): Louis Bourgeois (ca. 1510-1561), 1551, P.D.; arr. Eelco Vos © 2011 Eelco Vos, admin. Faith Alive Christian Resources
  • Reprint Information:
    • Words: please contact Arlo Duba
    • Music (tune): The Tune is in Public Domain. You do not need permission to reprint the Tune.
    • Music (arrangement): with a license from OneLicense.net or a CCLI License.

134B: Come, Bless the Lord

Performance Notes:

The first two verses of Psalm 134 are the basis of this Scripture song. The NTV Study Bible notes give the following setting for this psalm: 'A liturgy of praise— a brief exchange between the worshipers, as they are about to leave the temple after the evening service, and the Levites, who kept the temple watch through the night."

The first two verses are the voices of the congregation; the third and final verse provides the blessing from the Levites to the departing worshipers. The song text is taken directly from the RSV (and the New RSV) translation of Psalm 134 (with one small change; the RSV reads: "Lift up your hands to the holy place").

Although this was originally an evening psalm, it may also be sung in the morning as a call to worship, a call to prayer, or even the final act before the benediction. The minister could then raise hands in blessing the congregation, using the words directly from verse 3: "May the LORD, maker of heaven and earth, bless you from Zion."

The encouragement to praise is heightened by the duet character of this song. It is as if worshipers were encouraging each other by calling back and forth, almost in echo fashion. The invitation to praise God comes to all servants of the Lord, not just the ministers.

But this song is not actually written in canon, where the imitative voice follows the first one exactly; it is truly a duet. To learn this duet, the congregation should be taught the main melody first, with the accompanist filling in the long-held notes of the second part in order to keep the rhythm going. Better yet, add a flute to the echo part. Later, the men and boys of the congregation could sing the main melody with all the women and girls taking the echo part.

This song also makes a wonderful children's choir anthem. Perhaps a children's choir could learn it yet this spring and then be ready to help the congregation learn it.

Other Resources:

  • Visit hymnary.org for more information on this song and additional resources.

Copyright Information:

  • Words: Psalm 134:1-2
  • Music: traditional; arr. Martin Tel © 2011 Faith Alive Christian Resources
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134C: We Will Rest in You

Performance Notes:

  • For performance notes on this song, see page 1090 of Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship.

Other Resources:

  • Visit hymnary.org for more information on this song and additional resources.

Copyright Information:

  • Words and Music: Mike Hay (1953-1999) © 1993 World Library Publications
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