Scripture Verse

They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters, these see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep. For He commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. Psalm 107:23–25


Isaac Watts (1674–1748)

Words: Is­aac Watts, Hymns and Spi­ri­tu­al Songs 1707–09, Book 2, num­ber 70. God’s do­min­ion over the sea.

Music: De­Pauw Ro­bert G. Mc­Cutch­an, 1930 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

Robert G. McCutchan (1877–1958)


God of the seas! Thy thun­der­ing voice
Makes all the roar­ing waves re­joice,
And one soft word of Thy com­mand
Can sink them si­lent in the sand.

If but a Mos­es wave Thy rod,
The sea di­vides and owns its God;
The stor­my floods their mak­er knew,
And let His chos­en ar­mies through.

The sca­ly flocks amidst the sea,
To Thee, their Lord, a tri­bute pay;
The mean­est fish that swims the flood
Leaps up, and means a praise to God.

The larg­er mon­sters of the deep
On Thy com­mands at­tend­ance keep;
By Thy per­mis­sion sport and play,
And cleave along their foam­ing way.

If God His voice of tem­pest rears,
Leviathan lies still and fears;
Anon he lifts his nos­trils high,
And spouts the ocean to the sky.

How is Thy glo­ri­ous pow­er ad­ored
Amidst these wa­te­ry na­tions, Lord!
Yet the bold men that trace the seas,
Bold men, re­fuse their mak­er’s praise!

What scenes of mi­ra­cles they see,
And ne­ver tune a song to Thee!
While on the flood they safe­ly ride,
They curse the hand that smoothes the tide!

Anon they plunge in wa­te­ry graves,
And some drink death among the waves;
Yet the sur­viv­ing crew blas­pheme,
Nor own the God that res­cued them.

O for some sig­nal of Thine hand!
Shake all the seas, Lord, shake the land;
Great Judge! des­cend, lest men de­ny
That there’s a God that rules the sky.