Over the past couple of years on Reformation Sunday I’ve featured Martin Luther’s A Mighty Fortress Is Our God and the hymn attributed to John Calvin, I Greet Thee Sure Redeemer.
This year I want to feature Psalm 100, which in the paraphrase setting used by our denomination has begun with the line All People That On Earth Do Dwell.
For something different I’ll feature the version which Zac Hicks features on his new album of music for congregational song Without Our Aid. I get a real Michael W. Smith vibe from this one.
Here’s the lyrics.
All people that on earth do dwell,
Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice;
Him serve with joy, 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 folk, He doth us feed,
And for His sheep He doth us take.
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth!
Worship Him with gladness;
Come before Him with joyful songs!
Praise the Lord, all the earth!
Enter with thanksgiving;
Shout for joy to God, all the earth!
O 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.
For the Lord is good,
And His love endureth forever,
And His faithfulness continues through all generations.
from Without Our Aid, released 13 September 2011
Words: William Kethe, 1561; Zac Hicks, 2009 (add’l lyrics adapted from Psalm 100)
Music: Zac Hicks, 2009
©2011 Unbudding Fig Music (ASCAP)
Here it is in an embedded player, so you can listen.
Here’s a tutorial video on how to play the song.
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