Words: Isaac Watts
Part 1. Governing power and goodness; or, Our graces tried by afflictions.
1 Sing, all ye nations, to the Lord, Sing with a joyful noise; With melody of sound record His honors and your joys.
2 Say to the Power that shakes the sky, "How terrible art thou! Sinners before thy presence fly, Or at thy feet they bow.'
3 Come, see the wonders of our God, How glorious are his ways! In Moses' hand he puts his rod, And cleaves the frighted seas.
4 He made the ebbing channel dry, While Isr'el passed the flood; There did the church begin their joy, And triumph in their God.]
5 He rules by his resistless might: Will rebel mortals dare Provoke th' Eternal to the fight, And tempt that dreadful war?
6 O bless our God, and never cease; Ye saints, fulfill his praise; He keeps our life, maintains our peace, And guides our doubtful ways.
7 Lord, thou hast proved our suff'ring souls, To make our graces shine; So silver bears the burning coals, The metal to refine.
8 Through wat'ry deeps, and fiery ways, We march at thy command; Led to possess the promised place By thine unerring hand.
Part 2. v. 18--20. Praise to God for hearing prayer.
1 Now shall my solemn vows be paid To that Almighty Power, That heard the long requests I made In my distressful hour.
2 My lips and cheerful heart prepare To make his mercies known; Come, ye that fear my God, and hear The wonders he has done.
3 When on my head huge sorrows fell, I sought his heav'nly aid; He saved my sinking soul from hell, And death's eternal shade.
4 If sin lay covered in my heart, While prayer employed my tongue, The Lord had shown me no regard, Nor I his praises sung.
5 But God (his name be ever blessed) Has set my spirit free; Nor turned from him my poor request, Nor turned his heart from me.