Saturday, December 31, 2011

A New Year of Music Begins

A New Year begins tomorrow—fittingly, on a Sunday. What music is your church using to begin the new year?
At my church, we are beginning the service with “Hallelujah, Praise Jehovah, O My Soul”—based on Psalm 46. As I was practicing this afternoon, I was contemplating the beginning of the new year, and thinking how fitting this hymn is for the occasion. The first verse begins with almost a New Year's resolution:

Hallelujah, praise Jehovah,
O my soul, Jehovah praise;
I will sing the glorious praises
Of my God through all my days.

Of all the resolutions we usually make (getting in shape, taking more pictures, spending more time with friends...), isn't this the most important? The rest of the hymn reminds us of some of the reasons why God should be the object of our praise:

Food He daily gives the hungry,
Sets the mourning prisoner free,
Raises those bowed down with anguish,
Makes the sightless eyes to see,
Well Jehovah loves the righteous,
And the stranger He befriends,
Helps the fatherless and widow,
Judgment on the wicked sends.

Read the rest of the lyrics to this hymn at:
What hymns or songs are you singing to begin the year? I'd love to read your selections, and hear about the reasons you chose them.


  1. well, let's see....I do believe I will be gladly singing Hallelujah Praise Jehovah!! I do love that song!!!

  2. Wonderful post. Our service this morning consisted of four songs: Days of Elijah; You are God Alone; Draw Me Close to You; and I am Thine O Lord. An interesting mix for the beginning of a new year, but worked well with the pastor's new sermon series.

    Happy New Year to you and yours!