Scripture Verse

God is known…for a refuge. For, lo, the kings were assembled, they passed by together. They saw it, and so they marveled; they were troubled, and hasted away. Psalm 48:3–5


Isaac Watts (1674–1748)

Words: Is­aac Watts, The Psalms of Da­vid 1719. The church is the hon­or and safe­ty of a na­tion.

Music: Fer­gu­son George Kings­ley, 1843 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Kings­ley (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Great is the Lord our God,
And let His praise be great;
He makes His church­es His abode,
His most de­light­ful seat.

Those tem­ples of His grace,
How beau­ti­ful they stand!
The hon­ors of our na­tive place,
And bul­warks of our land.

In Si­on God is known,
A re­fuge in dis­tress;
How bright has His sal­va­tion shone
Through all her pa­lac­es!

When kings against her joined,
And saw the Lord was there,
In wild con­fu­sion of the mind,
They fled with has­ty fear.

When na­vies tall and proud
Attempt to spoil our peace,
He sends His tem­pests roar­ing loud,
And sinks them in the seas.

Oft have our fa­thers told,
Our eyes have oft­en seen,
How well our God se­cures the fold
Where His own sheep have been.

In ev­ery new dis­tress
We’ll to His house re­pair;
We’ll think up­on His won­drous grace,
And seek de­liv­er­ance there.