Psalm 66

Words: Isaac Watts

Common Metre Tunes

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.

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