Psalm 97

Words: Isaac Watts

Note: there is also a Common Metre version on this page.

   v. 1--5. PART 1.
   Christ reigning in heaven, 
   and coming to judgment.

   1  He reigns! the Lord, the Savior reigns;
      Praise him in evangelic strains;
      Let the whole earth in songs rejoice,
      And distant islands join their voice.

   2  Deep are his counsels, and unknown,
      But grace and truth support his throne;
      Though gloomy clouds his ways surround,
      Justice is their eternal ground.

   3  In robes of judgment, lo! he comes,
      Shakes the wide earth and cleaves the tombs;
      Before him burns devouring fire;
      The mountains melt, the seas retire.

   4  His enemies, with sore dismay,
      Fly from the sight, and shun the day;
      Then lift your heads, ye saints, on high,
      And sing, for your redemption's nigh.

   v6-9, Part 2
   Christ' s incarnation.

   1  The Lord is come; the heav'ns proclaim
      His birth; the nations learn his name;
      An unknown star directs the road
      Of eastern sages to their God.

   2  All ye bright armies of the skies,
      Go, worship where the Savior lies;
      Angels and kings before him bow,
      Those gods on high and gods below.

   3  Let idols totter to the ground,
      And their own worshippers confound;
      But Judah shout, but Zion sing,
      And earth confess her sov'reign King.

    PART 3. (L, M.)
    Grace and glory.
   1  Th' Almighty reigns exalted high
      O'er all the earth, o'er all the sky;
      Though clouds and darkness veil his feet,
      His dwelling is the mercy-seat.

   2  O ye that love his holy name,
      Hate ev'ry work of sin and shame;
      He guards the souls of all his friends,
      And from the snares of hell defends.

   3  Immortal light and joys unknown
      Are for the saints m darkness sown;
      Those glorious seeds shall spring and rise,
      And the bright harvest bless our eyes.

   4  Rejoice, ye righteous, and record
      The sacred honors of the Lord:
      None but the soul that feels his grace
      Can triumph in his holiness.

   v. 1, 3,5~7, 11.
   Christ's incarnation, and the last judgment.

   1  The islands of the northern sea,
         Rejoice, the Savior reigns;
      His word, like fire, prepares his way,
         And mountains melt to plains.

   2  His presence sinks the proudest hills,
         And makes the valleys rise;
      The humble soul enjoys his smiles,
         The haughty sinner dies.

   3  The heav'ns his rightful power proclaim;
         The idol-gods around
      Fill their own worshippers with shame,
         And totter to the ground.

   4  Adoring angels at his birth
         Make the Redeemer known:
      Thus shall he come to judge the earth,
         And angels guard his throne.

   5  His foes shall tremble at his sight,
         And hills and seas retire;
      His children take their unknown flight,
         And leave the world in fire.

   6  The seeds of joy and glory sown
         For saints in darkness here,
      Shall rise and spring in worlds unknown,
         And a rich harvest bear.

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