I have heard that Charles Wesley didn’t like when people changed the words to his hymns. This article describes how good it was that George Whitefield ignored Wesley’s original word welkin and replaced it with herald angels. The article shares Wesley’s original:
Hark, how all the welkin rings, “Glory to the King of kings; Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!”
Joyful, all ye nations, rise, Join the triumph of the skies; Universal nature say, “Christ the Lord is born today!”
I also frequently hear another edit to this lovely hymn: Peace on Earth and mercy wild—and I think that edit is also for the better.
This election day, Greater Pittsburgh Christian Schools Network wants to offer our friends throughout the region a psalm of encouragement. While this may be a very important day and election, we know that our God the King cares for us.
HALLELUJAH, PRAISE JEHOVAH (PSALM 146)
Hallelujah, praise Jehovah, O my soul, Jehovah praise; I will sing the glorious praises Of my God through all my days. Put no confidence in princes, Nor for help on man depend; He shall die, to dust returning, And his purposes shall end.
Happy is the man that chooses Israel’s God to be his aid; He is blest whose hope of blessing On the Lord his God is stayed. Heaven and earth the Lord created, Seas and all that they contain; He delivers from oppression, Righteousness He will maintain.
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.
Hallelujah, praise Jehovah, O my soul, Jehovah praise; I will sing the glorious praises Of my God through all my days. Over all God reigns forever, Through all ages He is King; Unto Him, thy God, O Zion, Joyful hallelujahs sing.