Psalm 73

73A: All My Life

Performance Notes:
  • For performance notes on this song, see page 1083 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 Permission:

  • Words and Music: Ken Medema © 2010 Ken Medema Music/Brier Patch Music
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73B: In Sweet Communion, Lord, with You

Performance Notes:
  • For performance notes on this song, see page 1083-1084 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. 73:23
st. 2 = Ps. 73:24
st. 3 = Ps. 73:25
st. 4 = Ps. 73:26
st. 5 = Ps. 73:27-28

This text is a paraphrase of the final segment of a wisdom psalm, Psalm 73:23-28. The versification of the text (usually one biblical verse per stanza) is a revision of that found in the 1912 Psalter.

"In Sweet Communion" sets forth the joy of walking closely with God (st. 1 and 5), following his directives (st. 2), shunning earthly distractions (st. 3), and experiencing his comfort and power. The final stanza proclaims the wisdom theme of the psalm: "To live apart from God is death; 'tis good his face to seek."

Liturgical Use:
Worship that focuses on the teaching "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom."

Tune Information:

William U. Butcher (U.S.A., nineteenth century) composed PRAYER in 1860. Except for the fact that he had some association with the Oliver Ditson Music Company, no information is available about Butcher.

This simple but serviceable tune has an elementary harmonization that invites singing in harmony. To emphasize the theme, sing the final stanza in unison both at the beginning and the end as a frame with an alternate organ setting. Sing all other stanzas in parts. Maintain one broad pulse per bar.

Other Resources:

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

Copyright Information:

  • Text: Psalm 73, New Living Translation © 1996 Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
  • Words: Psalter, 1912, alt., P.D.
  • Music (PRAYER 8.6.8.6): William U. Butcher, 1860, P.D.
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    • Words and Music: both are in Public Domain. You do not need permission to reprint this song.

73C: Why Do the Powerful Have it So Good?

Performance Notes:
  • For performance notes on this song, see page 1084 of Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship.

Other Resources:

  • Visit hymnary.org for more information on this song and additional resources.
  • Buy a recording of this song from Princeton Theological Seminary's Touring Choir, on their CD "Sing Praise to the Lord!".

Copyright Information:

  • Words and Music: Andrew Donaldson © 2010 Andrew Donaldson
  • Spoken Text: Andrew Donaldson © 2010 Andrew Donaldson
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