Words: Isaac Watts
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.