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Praise Notes: The Book of Praise Nine


Ninth in a series of posts that go through hymns in The Book of Praise of the Presbyterian Church of Canada. 

Hymn #32

Within your temple, Lord

Psalm 48
Gopsal
Paraphrase, United Presbyterian Book of Psalms 1871
Music: Congregational Church Music 1853
public domain
 
Within your temple, Lord, your mercies we will tell,
for where your name is known there does your praise excel:
your praises sound through every land;
with righteous reign you shall command.Mount Zion, now rejoice! Let Judah’s daughters praise
with strong and cheerful voice, the justice God displays;
go round the walls on Zion’s mount
its many splendours to recount.

The towers of Zion tell; its palaces survey;
mark its defences well, and to your children say:
“The Lord, our faithful God and guide,
this God forever shall abide.”

The paraphrase is considerably shorter than the original Psalm and seems to leave out most of the more martial elements.  Other than that, it fits nicely with the phrasing of the melody.  If it were not the Lectionary Psalm of the day, I don’t think I would pick it for a service.

The tune for this hymn is ok.  I’m not a huge fan, but it isn’t hard to sing and congregations will pick it up fairly quickly.  I like the fact that the second half is not just more of the same.  After two repeated lines there are two upward flowing phrases which lead to a nice climax.

 

The Jesus Prayer in Song


The Jesus Prayer

Words and Music by Cathy Scott

 

Chorus

Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me.

Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me!

 

1. Lord I acknowledge you as lord of my life,

I will seek your guidance, try to do as you like.

 

Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me.

Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me!

 

2. Jesus you have known my name from the womb

and Jesus you have told me yours so I can call on you.

 

Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me.

Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me!

 

3. Christ is a title appointed by God.

God’s annointed king, saviour of the whole world.

 

Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me.

Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me!

 

4. Mercy that stems from your infinite grace.

Forgive all that I have done and all I’ve left undone.

 

Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me.

Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me!

 

5. On me, the least of your followers,

Despite my straying bring me home to you.

 

Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me.

Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me!

 

Sound file to come