Fourteenth in a series of posts that go through hymns in The Book of Praise of the Presbyterian Church of Canada.
There where the judges gather
Paraphrase: Henry Zylstra (1909-1956)
Music: Neuvermehrtes Gesangbuch 1963; arr Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
There where the judges gather, a greater takes the seat;
“How long,” God asks the judges, “will you pronounce deceit?
How long show special favour to those of ill repute?
How long neglect the orphan, the poor and desitute?
Deal justly with the needy; protect the powerless;
deliver the afflicted from those who would oppress,
but you are surely blinded; you do not understand:
therefore foundations totter; injustice rocks the land.”
God speaks: “I named you rulers, to serve the Most High God,
but you shall die as mortals and perish by my rod.”
Arise, O God, in judgement, your sovereignty make known,
for yours are all the nations: the peoples are your own.
I don’t really like the flow of the lyrics for this hymn. The Psalm itself is far easier to follow and is not divided into even length stanzas which fits better with the meaning.
Munich is a good tune, though not very familiar in my church. Another suggestion given is St. Theodulph (214, 115) which is quite familiar.