J.S. Bach: Motet BWV 225 ‘Singet dem Herrn’
Vocalconsort Berlin; Daniel Reuss, conductor
Sing to the Lord a new song,
let the congregation of believers
Israel rejoices in Him that made him.
The children of Zion are joyful
under their King.
Let them praise his name
in the dance;
let them play to Him
on the timbrel and harp. (Psalm 149:1–3)
As a father is merciful
to his dear little children,
so is the Lord to us all,
as long as purely we like a child fear him.
He knows our frailty;
God knows we are but dust,
like raked grass,
a flower, and falling leaves:
once the wind blows over it
it is gone—
thus we pass away,
our end is near.
God, continue to look after us,
for without you
all our affairs come to nothing.
Therefore be our shield and light,
and if our hope does not deceive us,
you shall continue to do so.
Happy are those who firmly insist
on putting their trust in you and your favor.
Praise the Lord for his acts.
Praise Him for his great splendor.
Let everything that breathes praise the Lord.
Hallelujah! (Psalm 150:6)