Psalm 48

Words: Isaac Watts

Short Metre Tunes

v. 1--8. PART 1.
The church is the honor and safety of a nation.
   1     Great is the Lord our God,
         And let his praise be great;
      He makes his churches his abode,
         His most delightful seat.

   2     These temples of his grace,
         How beautiful they stand!
      The honors of our native place,
         And bulwarks of our land.

   3     In Zion God is known,
         A refuge in distress;
      How bright has his salvation shone
         Through all her palaces!

   4     When kings against her joined,
         And saw the Lord was there,
      In wild confusion of the mind
         They fled with hasty fear.

   5     When navies tall and proud
         Attempt to spoil our peace,
      He sends his tempests roaring loud,
         And sinks them in the seas.

   6     Oft have our fathers told,
         Our eyes have often seen,
      How well our God secures the fold
         Where his own sheep have been.

   7     In ev'ry new distress
         We'll to his house repair;
      We'll think upon his wondrous grace,
         And seek deliv'rance there.

  v. 10--14. PART 2.
  The beauty of the church; or, Gospel worship and order.

   1     Far as thy name is known,
         The world declares thy praise;
      Thy saints, O Lord, before thy throne,
         Their songs of honor raise.

   2     With joy let Judah stand
         On Zion's chosen hill,
      Proclaim the wonders of thy hand,
         And counsels of thy will.

   3     Let strangers walk around
         The city where we dwell,
      Compass and view thine holy ground,
         And mark the building well;

   4     The orders of thy house,
         The worship of thy court,
      The cheerful songs, the solemn vows,
         And make a fair report.

   5     How decent and how wise!
         How glorious to behold!
      Beyond the pomp that charms the eyes,
         And rites adorned with gold.

   6     The God we worship now
         Will guide us till we die,
      Will be our God while here below,
         And ours above the sky.

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