Mar 24, 2014

Psalm 118 Hymn: This is the Day

Here’s a new hymn inspired by Psalm 118.  It was written by Joy F. Patterson.  You could use ELLACOMBE (“I sing the mighty power of God”), KINGSFOLD (“I heard the voice of Jesus say”), or any other tune in 8.6.8.6 meter.  If you want a more reflective setting, you could even use AMAZING GRACE.

This is the Day the Lord has Made
(inspired by Psalm 118)

This is the day the Lord has made;
     in it will we rejoice,
          praising God's everlasting love
               with heart and mind and voice.

God is my refuge and my strength,
     my might, my joy, my song,
          my shield, salvation, sure defense
               throughout my whole life long.

Open the gates of righteousness,
     Lord, let me enter there,
          that I may lift my thanks to you
               in hymn and song and prayer.

See now the wonder God has done:
     the once rejected stone
          has now become the cornerstone,
               the Lord's own Chosen One.

Blest is the One who comes to us
     in God our maker's name,
          bringing to us God's life and light,
               to every age the same.

This is the day the Lord has made;
     in it will we rejoice,
          praising God's everlasting love
               with heart and mind and voice.

~ written by Joy F. Patterson, copyright © 1993, Music © 1993 Hope Publishing Company.  Posted on Hope Publishing Onine Hymnody website.  http://www.hopepublishing.com/html/main.isx?sitesec=40.2.1.0&hymnID=3172#   If you use this hymn in worship, be sure to report it on your CCLI license.