The Lord reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof. Psalm 97:1
Words: Isaac Watts, The Psalms of David 1719.
Christ reigning in Heaven, and coming to judgment.
Music: Spires from Geistliche Lieder, by Joseph Klug, 1543. Harmony by Johann S. Bach (🔊 pdf nwc).
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.
Deep are His counsels, and unknown,
But grace and truth support His throne;
Through gloomy clouds His ways surround,
Justice is their eternal ground.
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.
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.