Psalm 29

29A: All On Earth and All in Heaven

Performance Notes:

  • For performance notes on this song, see page 1080 of Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship.
  • The following article is taken from the Psalter Hymnal Handbook.

Tune Information:

EBENEZER originally came from the second movement of an anthem ("Goleu yn y Glyn" or "Light in the Valley") by Welsh composer Thomas John Williams (b. Ynysmeudwy, Glamorganshire, Wales, 1869; d. Llanelly, Carmarthenshire, Wales, 1944). EBENEZER (meaning "stone of help" in the Bible) is named for the chapel in Rhos, Pontardawe, which Williams attended at the time he composed the tune. Although his primary vocation was in the insurance business, Williams studied with David Evans at Cardiff and later was organist and choirmaster at Zion Church (1903¬1913) and Calfaria Church (1913-1931), both in Llanelly. He composed a number of hymn tunes and a few anthems.

First published as a hymn tune in the Baptist Book of Praise (1901), EBENEZER is often associated in Wales with "Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah" (543). Because an English folksinger claimed that the tune had been washed up on the Welsh coast in a bottle, the, tune is known in some hymnals as TON-Y-BOTL (tune in a bottle). In the United States, the tune gained popularity as a setting for the text "Once to Every Man and Nation."

Developed out of the opening motif, EBENEZER is a glorious tune built with just six notes and an energetic rhythmic pattern involving triplets. The tune is a rounded bar form (AABA) in which the "B" lines move momentarily into major.

In Welsh practice the triplet is sung heavily; do not worry about making the dotted rhythms distinct from the triplets. Use rhythmically energetic accompaniment with fairly full organ, adding a crowning mixture and/or reed for stanza 4. Try finishing the final stanza with a major chord.

Other Resources:

  • Visit hymnary.org for more information on this song and additional resources.
  • The following are alternative accompaniments for this tune, EBENEZER/TON-Y-BOTEL.

Alternative Harmonization for Organ and Descant Resources:

  • Burkhardt, Michael  As Though the Whole Creation Cried  vol. 2. Morningstar MSM-10-606 [2009]
  • Copes, V. Earle. Hymn Intonations Preludes & Free Harmonizations. Vol II Selah 160-722 [1991]
  • Noble, T. Tertius. Free Organ Accompaniments to One Hundred Well-Known Hymn Tunes. J. Fischer 8175 [1946]
  • Rawsthorne, Noel. More Last Verses. Kevin Mayhew [1996]
  • Shaw, Geoffrey. The Descant Hymn Book bk 2. Novello
  • Wyton, Alec. New Shoots from Old Roots. SMP KK 279 [1983]

Alternative Harmonization for Piano:

  • Cherwien, David. Let It Rip! At the Piano. Augsburg 11-11045 [2000]

Copyright Information:

  • Words: Michael Morgan © 2011 Michael Morgan, admin. Faith Alive Christian Resources
  • Music (EBENEZER 8.7.8.7 D): Thomas J. Williams, 1890, P.D.
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    • Music: The Music is in Public Domain. You do not need permission to reprint it.

29B: Hijos de Dios/Angels on High

Performance Notes:

  • For performance notes on this song, see page 1080 of Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship.

Other Resources:

  • Purchase this song in a collection that is published by GIA Publications, Inc.
  • Visit hymnary.org for more information on this song and additional resources.

Copyright Information:

  • Words: Lorenzo Florián © 1985 GIA Publications, Inc.; tr. Mary Louise Bringle (b. 1953) © 2011 GIA Publications, Inc.
  • Music: Lorenzo Florián © 1985 GIA Publications, Inc.; arr. Marcus Hong © 2011 GIA Publications, Inc.
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29C: Give Glory to God, All You Heavenly Creatures

Performance Notes:

Text Information:

A call to praise the Creator, whose majesty and might as displayed in the thunderstorm is the source of the people's security and welfare.

Scripture References:
st. 1 = vv. 1-2
st. 2 = vv. 3-4
st. 3 = vv. 5-6
st. 4 = vv. 7-9
st. 5 = vv. 9-10

Psalm 29 attributes to the God of Israel what the Canaanites attributed to Baal–the divine majesty and power seen in the awesome sights and sounds and force of a thunderstorm. After the opening call to the great powers of creation to glorify the LORD (st. I), the main body of the psalm (st. 2-4) evokes the experience of thunderstorms in northern Canaan as they form over the Mediterranean ("the waters"), sweep across the Lebanon ranges, and spend themselves over the desert-like steppe to the east. Appropriately "the voice of the LORD," that is, thunder (in Baal mythology, the voice of Baal), sounds seven times in this psalm (vv. 3-9). Such displays of divine might may cause Baal worshipers to tremble, but true believers praise their God exuberantly, knowing that the LORD of the thunderstorm gives strength to his people and blesses them with peace (st. 5). Calvin Seerveld versified this psalm in 1983 for the Psalter Hymnal.

Liturgical Use:
Whenever the people of God want to express their praise to the Lord as the One who sits enthroned in the heavens, rules over all creation as King forever, and blesses and sustains his people.

Tune Information:

ARLES was composed by Charles H. Gabriel, a prolific composer of gospel hymn tunes; it was associated with this psalm in the 1912 Psalter. Named after the French city, ARLES bears energetic, rhythmically precise accompaniment and four-part singing. For variety and contrast, sing the stanzas antiphonally, with men's voices on stanza 2 and treble voices on stanza 4.

Other Resources:

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

Copyright Information:

  • Words: Calvin Seerveld © 1983 Calvin Seerveld
  • Music (ARLES 12.11.12.11): Charles H. Gabriel (1856-1932), P.D.
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    • Music: The music is in the Public Domain. You do not need permission to reprint it.

29D: A Responsorial Setting

Performance Notes:

  • For performance notes on this song, see page 1080 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: Martin Tel © 2011 Martin Tel, admin. Faith Alive Christian Resources
  • 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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    • Please use the correct copyright line when reprinting the Psalm Text and Tone. Faith Alive Christian Resources gives you permission to reprint the Tone for use in a worship setting.

 

  • Alternative Refrain Words and Music: Martin Tel © 2011 Martin Tel, admin. Faith Alive Christian Resources
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