Psalm 92

92A: It is Good to Sing Your Praises

Performance Notes:

Text Information:

Scripture References:
st. 1 = Ps. 92:1-3
st. 2 = Ps. 92:4-11
st. 3 = Ps. 92: 12-15

This versification is a poetic summary of Psalm 92 that derives from the 1912 Psalter with minor alterations.

Tune Information:

ELLESDIE was set to this text in the 1912 Psalter and in every edition of the Psalter Hymnal. The anonymous tune (with bass line) dates from a collection of evangelistic hymns compiled by Joshua Leavitt (b. Heath, MA, 1794; d. New York, NY, 1873). After receiving a degree in law from Yale University, Leavitt worked as a teacher and lawyer. Be returned to Yale to study for the ministry and in 1825 was ordained in the Congregational Church in Stratford, Connecticut. In 1830 he began publishing The Evangelist, a weekly newspaper that printed many articles on antislavery, temperance, and religious revivals. That same year he edited and co-published The Christian Lyre, a popular shape-note tunebook.

ELLESDIE was published in the second volume of Christian Lyre (1833); there the tune was named DISCIPLE. The meaning of the tune name ELLESDIE is unclear–Robert McCutchan suggests that it stands for L.S.D., perhaps the initials of an unidentified person associated with this tune. ELLESDIE consists of four long lines in a modified rounded bar form (AA’BA’). Sing this tune in harmony with much enthusiasm.

Hubert P. Main (b. Ridgefield, CT, 1839; d. Newark, NJ, 1925) provided the harmony, first published in Winnowed Hymns (1873; that collection attributed the tune to Mozart, though no evidence supports that claim). Main came from a musical family: his father Sylvester, was a singing schoolteacher and gospel song composer who had moved to the United States from England. Although he only completed elementary school, Main was a prolific composer. Beginning at age fifteen, he produced more than a thousand hymn and anthem settings, as well as secular music. Many of his harmonizations stem from his editorial work on a variety of hymnals and his association with music publishers, including William Bradbury. He spent many years in the service of the firm that eventually became Hope Publishing Company.

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Copyright Information:

  • Words: Psalter, 1912, P.D.
  • Music (ELLESdIE 8.7.8.7 d): J. Leavitt’s Christian Lyre, 1831, P.D.
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    • Words and Music: both are in Public Domain. You do not need permission to reprint this song.

92B: Mah Gadlu/Oh, How Great Are Your Works

Performance Notes:

  • For performance notes on this song, see page 1085 of Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship.

Other Resources:

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  • Buy a recording of this song from Princeton Theological Seminary's Touring Choir, on their CD "Sing Praise to the Lord!".

Copyright Information:

  • Words: Psalm 92:5
  • Music: Shefa Gold © 1994 Shefa Gold
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92C: It’s Good to Give Thanks

Performance Notes:

  • For performance notes on this song, see page 1085 of Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship.

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Copyright Information:

  • Words and Music: Ken Medema and Friends © 2010 Ken Medema Music/Brier Patch Music
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92D: A Responsorial Setting

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Copyright Information:

  • Words and Music: Ken Medema and Friends © 2010 Ken Medema Music/Brier Patch Music
  • 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 and Music: permitted with a CCLI License.
    • 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.