Scripture Verse

The Lord reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof. Psalm 97:1


Isaac Watts (1674–1748)

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).

Johann S. Bach (1685–1750)


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.