We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Old Hundredth

Back when I was first going to a denominational church I learned a song titled, Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.   It was sung to a tune called Old Hundredth.  Since that time I have sung several other hymns to that tune and always wondered where the tune title came from.
Last night, while reading a commentary on Psalm 100, I learned the origin of this tune!  (Okay, I’m sure there are those out there who are saying, “DUH!”)  It seems a paraphrase of Ps.100 was put to this tune in the Geneva Psalter back in 1551, hence the tune’s name. 
Psalm 100 is a great Psalm.  Here it is in the KJV text:
1 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. 
2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. 
3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. 
5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. 
Now here is the paraphrase from the Scottish Psalter set to the tune in the 1551 Psalter:
All people that on earth do dwell,
Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice;
Him serve with mirth, His praise forth tell!
Come ye before Him and rejoice.
Know that the Lord is God indeed;
WIthout our aid He did us make;
We are His flock, He doth us feed,
And for His sheep, He doth us take.
Oh, enter then His gates with praise
Approach with joy His courts unto;
Praise, laud, and bless His name always,
For it is seemly so to do.
For why? the Lord our God is good, 
His mercy is forever sure;
His truth at all times firmly stood,
And shall from age to age endure.

Oh, and the tune goes great on the bagpipes!


Anonymous said...

I did not know that either!

A Watchman on the Wall said...

Just don't write songs like they use to.

I love the pipes, regardless of the tune they play.