Tuesday, August 16, 2011
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!