“I WILL EXTOL YOU, MY GOD, O KING”
By Wayne S. Walker
“I will extol You, my God, O King; and I will bless Your name forever and ever” (Psalm 145:1). The word “extol” means “To praise in the highest terms; exalt; laud.” The Psalm expresses several reasons to praise, exalt, laud, and bless God in the highest terms. Based on the first eleven verses of this Psalm, Richard Mant wrote a majestic hymn, which is usually set to a lovely melody attributed to Christian F. Witt. It should be in every hymnbook published by brethren, but, alas, it is not (except three stanzas in Hymns for Worship Revised, set to a woefully mismatched tune).
Take the poem and put your Bible open to Psalm 145 beside it so that as you read the words you can compare the hymn to the Psalm.
- (vs. 1-2)
God, my King, Thy might confessing,
Ever will I bless Thy name;
Day to day Thy throne addressing,
Still will I Thy praise proclaim.
- (vs. 3-4)
Honor great our God befitteth.
Who His majesties can reach?
Age to age His works transmitteth;
Age to age His power shall teach.
- (vs. 5-6)
They shall talk of all Thy glory,
On Thy might and greatness dwell,
Sing of Thy dread acts the story,
And Thy deeds of wonder tell.
- (v. 7)
Nor shall fail from memory’s treasure
Deeds of love and mercy wrought:
Deeds of love surpassing measure,
Deeds of mercy passing thought.
- (vs. 8-9)
Full of pity and compassion,
Slow to anger, vast in love,
God is good to all creation,
And His works His goodness prove.
- (vs. 10-11)
All Thy works, O Lord, shall bless Thee;
Thee shall all Thy saints adore.
King supreme shall they confess Thee,
And proclaim Thy sovereign power.”
There now. How is that for really offering up “the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name” (Hebrews 13:15)? In my estimation, it surely beats a lot of the currently faddish pop-culture “praise songs” which simply talk about how “I feel” about the Lord. We could certainly use a lot more hymns in our books like this one!