Hallelujah, Praise Jehovah (iTunes)
Words from The Psalter, 1912, Music by Darwin Jordan
From the album By Thy Mercy: Indelible Grace Acoustic (Indelible Grace Music)
The text for "Hallelujah, Praise Jehovah" is a setting of Psalm 146 as printed in The Psalter, 1912. This volume, published by the Presbyterian Board of Publication, includes all 150 psalms set to music, as well as responsive readings of Scripture passages. Psalters in the vernacular originally sprang up during the 16th century, as the reformers sought to make the Word of God accessible to the common people. These translations of the psalms were usually given metrical settings, meaning the texts were arranged into strophic form (verses) with rhyme and meter. Several of the hymn texts we sing at CTK (ex. "God, Be Merciful to Me," "The Lord's My Shepherd, I'll Not Want," "O Worship the King") are examples of metrical psalms. This tune by Darwin Jordan was originally written in 1982 and recorded on Indelible Grace's album, By Thy Mercy, in 2009.