Psalm 97

97A: God Reigns! Earth Rejoices!

Performance Notes:

  • For performance notes on this song, see page 1086 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, NOËL NOUVELET/FRENCH CAROL

Alternative Harmonization for Organ and Descant Resources:

  • Archer, Malcolm. After the Last Verse. Kevin Mayhew ISBN 0 86209 502 6 [1995]
  • Burkhardt, Michael  As Though the Whole Creation Cried  vol. 2. Morningstar MSM-10-606 [2009]
  • Burkhardt, Michael. Easy Hymn Settings Easter.  Morningstar MSM-10-415 [1993]
  • Mawby, Colin.  Hymns for Occasions. Kevin Mayhew ISBN 0-86209-568-9 [1994]
  • Rawsthorne, Noel. 200 Last Verses. Kevin Mayhew ISBN 0 86209 189 6 [1991]

Copyright Information:

  • Words: Michael Morgan © 2011 Michael Morgan, admin. Faith Alive Christian Resources
  • Music (NOËL NOUVELET 11.11.10.11): Medieval French carol, P.D.
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    • Music: The Music is in Public Domain. You do not need permission to reprint it.

97B: God Reigns: Let Earth Rejoice!

Performance Notes:

Text Information:

A joyful celebration of the LORD's righteous rule over all the world.

Scripture References:
st. 1 = vv. 1-2
st. 2 = vv. 3-6
st. 3 = vv. 7-9
st. 4 = vv. 10-12

Singing Psalm 97 in the liturgy of a high festival such as the Feast of Tabernacles, the Levites exhorted all peoples of the earth to turn from their powerless idols (v. 7) and to rejoice in the LORD, whose reign is universal, righteous, and eternal (st. 1). Mighty displays of God's power over creation show the righteousness of God's rule and the majesty of God's glory (st. 2). With the people of Israel, we rejoice that God is "Most High over all the earth" (st. 3), and we remember that the LORD grants favor and protection only to those who hate evil and are upright in heart (st. 4). Marie J. Post versified this psalm in 1981 for the Psalter Hymnal.

Liturgical Use:
Christmas; Ascension; mission and evangelism celebrations.

Tune Information:

First published in the 1562 edition of the Genevan Psalter, GENEVAN 97 is set in the Ionian mode (major) and consists of four long lines (with some internal repetition) and a coda-like final phrase. The harmonization (1985) is by Dale Grotenhuis. This tune bears spirited singing with full accompaniment but should not be rushed.

Other Resources:

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Copyright Information:

  • Words: Marie J. Post, 1981, © 1987 Faith Alive Christian Resources
  • Music (GENEVAN 97 |6.6.7.7.6.6.6.6.6): Genevan Psalter, 1562; harm. Dale Grotenhuis, 1985, © 1987 Faith Alive Christian Resources
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97C: A Responsorial Setting

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Copyright Information:

  • Words: Psalm 97:11
  • Music: George A. Black (b. 1931), 1995, © 2001 Selah Publishing Company, Inc.
  • 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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97D: A Christmas Prayer of Praise

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