Prepare to meet thy God, O Israel. For, lo, He that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is His thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, the Lord, the God of hosts, is His name. Amos 4:12–13
Words: Philip Doddridge (1702–1751). Published posthumously in Hymns Founded on Various Texts in the Holy Scriptures, by Job Orton (Shropshire, England: Joshua Eddowes & John Cotton, 1755), number 156:
Preparing to meet God.
He comes, thy God, O Israel, comes;
Prepare thy God to meet:
Meet Him in battle’s force arrayed,
Or humbled at His feet.
He formed the mountains by His strength;
He makes the winds to blow;
And all the secret thoughts of man
Must his Creator know.
He shades the morning’s opening rays;
He shakes the solid world;
And stars and angels from their seats
Are by His thunder hurled.
Eternal Sovereign of the skies,
And shall thine Israel dare
In mad rebellion to arise,
And tempt th’unequal war?
Lo, nations tremble at Thy frown,
And faint beneath Thy rod;
Crushed by its gentlest movement down,
They fall, tremendous God.
Avert the terrors of Thy wrath,
And let Thy mercy shine;
While humble penitence and prayer
Approve us truly Thine.