Psalm 138

138A: With Grateful Heart My Thanks I Bring

Performance Notes:

  • For performance notes on this song, see page 1090 of Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship.
  • The following article is from the Psalter Hymnal Handbook.

Text Information:

Scripture References:
st. 1 = Ps. 138:1-2
st. 2 = Ps. 138:3-5
st. 3 = Ps. 138:6-7a
st. 4 = Ps. 138:7b-8

Based on Psalm 138, this versification (slightly altered) is from the 1912 Psalter.

Tune Information:

The Sunday school hymn writer William B. Bradbury composed SOLID ROCK in 1863 for Edward Mote's "My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less." The tune name derives from that song's refrain: "On Christ, the solid rock, I stand. . . .” Bradbury published SOLID ROCK in his 1864 children's collection The Golden Censor. The tune exhibits a bar form (AAB) with a coda added to its final line, allowing a repeat of the final phrase in the versification. The final line was originally the refrain line in Mote's gospel hymn. SOLID ROCK is well-suited to singing in harmony; festival use of instruments other than organ heightens the thanksgiving mood of the psalm text.

Other Resources:

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

Alternative Harmonization for Piano:

  • Hopson, Hal H. The Creative Use of the Piano in Worship. Hope 8392 [2008]

Copyright Information:

  • Words: Psalter, 1912, alt., P.D.
  • Music (SOLID ROCK 8.8.8.8.8.8 with repeat): William B. Bradbury (1816-1868), 1863, P.D.
  • Reprint Information:
    • Words and Music: both are in Public Domain. You do not need permission to reprint this song.

138B: A Responsorial Setting

Performance Notes:

  • For notes on this setting, 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: traditional
  • Music: Afro-American spiritual; arr. Stephen Key © 2000 GIA Publications, Inc.
  • Psalm Text: from Evangelical Lutheran Worship © 2006 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, admin. Augsburg Fortress Publishers
  • Tone: © 2011 Faith Alive Christian Resources
  • Reprint Information:
    • Words and Music: permitted with a license from OneLicense.net.
    • When reprinting the Psalm Text and Tone, please use the correct copyright line. Faith Alive Christian Resources gives you permission to reprint the Tone for use in a worship setting.

138C: With All My Heart I Thank You, LORD

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.
  • The following are alternative accompaniments for this tune, GENEVAN 138/MIT FREUDEN ZART.

Alternative Harmonization for Organ and Descant Resources:

  • Burkhardt, Michael. Easy Hymn Settings Easter.  Morningstar MSM-10-415 [1993]
  • Rawsthorne, Noel. More Last Verses. Kevin Mayhew [1996]
  • MacNutt, Walter. The Waterloo Book of Hymns with Descants. Waterloo [1973]
  • Wyton, Alec. New Shoots from Old Roots. SMP KK 279 [1983]

Alternative Harmonization for Piano:

  • Hopson, Hal H. The Creative Use of the Piano in Worship. Hope 8392 [2008]

Copyright Information:

  • Words: Stanley Wiersma (1930-1986), 1981, © 1987 Faith Alive Christian Resources
  • Music (GENEVAN 138 | 8.9.8.9 D): Genevan Psalter, 1551; harm. Dale Grotenhuis, 1985, © 1987 Faith Alive Christian Resources
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