Praise the Lord, the Day Is Won! (105C)

Hymn Story/Background

The text is a setting of Psalm 105, written at the request of Martin Tel and John Witvliet when preparing Psalms for All Seasons (Faith Alive Christian Resources, 2012), in an attempt to include  Easter and the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus and our own redemption in the Old Testament Psalm. Using John of Damascus and his interpretation of the Exodus imagery, complete with “alleluias for the Lord who bursts the bars of prisons and yokes of oppression”—not a line-by-line versification of the Psalm, but a paraphrase that gets at its essence. (Michael Morgan)

Author Information

Michael Morgan (b. 1948) is a church musician, Psalm scholar, and collector of English Bibles and Psalters from Atlanta, Georgia. After almost 40 years, he now serves as Organist Emeritus for Atlanta’s historic Central Presbyterian Church, and as Seminary Musician at Columbia Theological Seminary. He holds degrees from Florida State University and Atlanta University, and did post-graduate study with composer Richard Purvis in San Francisco. He has played recitals, worship services, and master classes across the U. S., and in England, France, Spain, Switzerland, and Germany. He is author of the Psalter for Christian Worship (1999; rev. 2010), and a regular contributor in the field of psalmody (most recently to the Reformed collections Psalms for All Seasons and Lift Up Your Hearts, and the new Presbyterian hymnal, Glory to God). (Hymnary.org)

Composer Information

Johann Roh was a native of Domascbitz near Leitmeritz, in Bohemia. Roh was his name in Bohemian, but when he wrote in Latin he styled himself Cornu, and in German Horn. In 1518 he was ordained priest and appointed preacher to the Bohemian Brethren's community at Jungbunzlau, in Bohemia.  At the Synod of Brandeis, in April 1532, he was appointed Bishop, and held this post till his death, at Jungbunzlau, Feb. 11, 1547. (Koch, ii. 114; Wackernagel, i. p. 727, &c.) (Hymnary.org)

Alternate Tune

An alternate tune is the Easter hymn, ST. KEVIN, which with great joy celebrates redemption and resurrection. The repeated lines with their “alleluias” reminds us continually of God’s gift of salvation achieved on Easter morning, ending with the powerful affirmation, “Life, behold the glorious sight; death, your reign is ended.” (Lift Up Your Hearts #200)

Performance Suggestion

See Lift Up Your Hearts #200 for a call and response performance suggestion that could be done with choir/congregation, soloist (cantor)/congregation, men/women, etc.