Psalm 146

146A: I’ll Praise My Maker While I’ve Breath

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  • Words: Isaac Watts (1674-1748), John Wesley (1703-1791), P.D.
  • Music (OLD 113TH 8.8.8.8.8.8): Matthäus Greiter (ca. 1500-1552), Strassburger Kirchenamt, 1525; harm. V. Earle Copes (b. 1921) © 1964 Abingdon Press, admin. The Copyright Company
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146B: A Responsorial Setting

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  • For notes on this setting, see page 1091 of Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship.

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  • Music: Jacques Berthier (1923-1994) © 1986 Ateliers et Presses de Taizé, Taizé Community, France, GIA Publications, Inc., exclusive North American agent
  • 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: traditional Muscogee Creek Indian
  • Music: Muscogee Creek Indian; trans. Charles H. Webb (b. 1933) © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House, admin. The Copyright Company
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  • Words: traditional
  • Music: Christian I. Tamaela, Indonesian © Christian I. Tamaela
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146C: Praise the LORD! Sing Hallelujah!

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  • Words: Psalter, 1887, alt., P.D.
  • Music (8.7.8.7 D): Darwin Jordan © Darwin Jordan Music; arr. Marcus Hong
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146D: Praise the LORD! Sing Hallelujah!

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Text Information:

Praise to God for his unfailing help, and an exhortation to rely on God alone.

Scripture References:
st. 1 = vv. 1-4
st. 2 = vv. 5-7a
st. 3 = vv. 7b-9
st. 4 = vv. 1-2, 10

Psalm 146 begins and ends as a hymn of praise. But the main body of the psalm exhorts God's people to put their trust wholly in the LORD. Human beings, whatever standing they may have in the world, are but frail mortals (st. 1); God is the almighty Creator of heaven and earth. Blessed are those who rely upon this Creator God, who delivers the oppressed (st. 2), provides for the needy, and protects the weak. The LORD loves the righteous (st. 3) and reigns as Zion's God forever; let his name be praised (st. 4). The versification of Psalm 146 is altered from that in The Book of Psalms (1871), a text-only psalter that was later published with music in 1887.

Liturgical Use:
Beginning of worship; Advent; whenever the church focuses on God's saving grace as exemplified in Christ's miracles.

Tune Information:

RIPLEY, composed in 1839, comes from the prolific pen of Lowell Mason, the great American promoter and publisher of school, choral, and congregational music. The tune title, assigned later, presumably honors George Ripley (1802-1889), the famous New York literary critic and transcendentalist. RIPLEY is a classically shaped rounded bar form (AABA) in which the third line provides the contrast and climax to the other lines. It is an energetic tune that calls for jubilant singing in parts and, on festive occasions, the use of brass (probably in E-flat major).

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  • Words: Psalter, 1887, alt., P.D.
  • Music (RIPLEY 8.7.8.7 D): Lowell Mason (1792-1872), 1839, P.D.
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146E: A Prayer for Illumination

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  • For notes on this prayer, see page 1091 of Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship.

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  • John D. Witvliet, 2011, © Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike
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