Scripture Verse

Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against His anointed, saying, Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles. Psalm 2:1


Words: From Se­lect­ion of Psalms and Hymns for Pub­lic and Pri­vate Use, Adapt­ed to the Fes­tiv­als of the Church of Eng­land, byTho­mas Cot­ter­ill, eighth ed­it­ion (Shef­field, Eng­land: J. Black­well, 1829), page 2: The mi­se­ry of con­ten­ding with Christ.

Music: Er­halt Uns, Herr Geist­liche Lied­er (Wit­ten­berg, Ger­ma­ny: 1543) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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In vain the Savior’s mightiest foes
Conspire His kingdom to oppose,
Crushed like the potter’s brittle store,
And scattered, to unite no more.

Sinners! awake: ye fools! be wise;
From sin’s delusive dreams arise;
Behold your Savior, seek His face,
And kiss the scepter of His grace.

O, lest ye perish from the way
That leads to realms of endless day;
Lest fierce the threatening storm descend,
And on your heads its fury spend.

If, yet but kindly in His breast,
His wrath the guilty soul arrest,
How blest are they who serve the Lord,
Who hear His voice, and trust His Word!