Author: Isaac Watts Meter: 188.8.131.52 Appears in 14 hymnals Matching Instances: 1 First Line: Great God! Thy glories shall employ Lyrics: 1 Great God! Thy glories shall employ
My holy fear, my humble joy;
My lips in songs of honor bring
Their tribute to th’eternal King.
2 Earth, and the stars, and worlds unknown,
Depend precarious on His throne;
All nature hangs upon His word,
And grace and glory own their Lord.
3 His sovereign power, what mortal knows?
If He command, who dares oppose?
With strength He girds Himself around,
And treads the rebels to the ground.
4 Who shall pretend to teach Him skill,
Or guide the counsels of His will?
His wisdom, like a sea divine,
Flows deep and high beyond our line.
5 His name is holy, and His eye
Burns with immortal jealousy;
He hates the sons of pride, and sheds
His fiery vengeance on their heads.
6 The beamings of His piercing sight
Bring dark hypocrisy to light;
Death and destruction naked lie,
And hell uncovered to His eye.
7 Th’eternal law before Him stands;
His justice, with impartial hands,
Divides to all their due reward,
Or by the scepter or the sword.
8 His mercy, like a boundless sea,
Washes our load of guilt away;
While His own Son came down and died
T’engage His justice on our side.
9 Each of His words demands my faith;
My soul can rest on all He saith;
His truth inviolably keeps
The largest promise of His lips.
10 O tell me, with a gentle voice,
Thou art my God, and I’ll rejoice!
Filled with Thy love I dare proclaim
The brightest honors of Thy name. Used With Tune: MARCHFIELD Text Sources: Hymns and Spiritual Songs 1707-09, Book II
Great God, Thy Glories Shall Employ