Scripture Verse

I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever. Psalm 89:1


Words: From The Psal­ter (Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia: Unit­ed Pres­by­ter­ian Board of Pub­li­ca­tion, 1912), num­ber 241.

Music: Ma­ry­ton H. Per­cy Smith, in Church Hymns with Tunes (Lon­don: 1874) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

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


My song for­ev­er shall re­cord
The ten­der mer­cies of the Lord;
Thy faith­ful­ness will I pro­claim,
And ev­ery age shall know Thy name.

I sing of mer­cies that en­dure,
Forever build­ed firm and sure,
Of faith­ful­ness that ne­ver dies,
Established change­less in the skies.

Behold God’s truth and grace dis­played,
For He has faith­ful co­ve­nant made,
And He has sworn that Da­vid’s Son
Shall ev­er sit upon his throne.

For Him My mer­cy shall en­dure,
My co­ve­nant made with Him is sure;
His throne and race I will main­tain
Forever, while the heav’ns re­main.

The hea­vens shall join in glad ac­cord
To praise Thy won­drous works, O Lord;
Thy faith­ful­ness shall praise comm­and
Where ho­ly ones as­sem­bled stand.

Who in the hea­ven­ly dwell­ings fair
Can with the Lord Him­self com­pare?
Or who among the migh­ty shares
The like­ness that Je­ho­vah bears?

With fear and re­ver­ence at His feet
God’s ho­ly ones in coun­cil meet;
Yea, more than all about His throne
Must He be feared, and He alone.

O Thou Je­ho­vah, God of hosts,
What migh­ty one Thy like­ness boasts?
In all Thy works and vast de­signs
Thy faith­ful­ness for­ev­er shines.

The swell­ing sea ob­eys Thy will,
Its ang­ry waves Thy voice can still;
Thy migh­ty ene­mies are slain,
Thy foes re­sist Thy pow­er in vain.

The hea­vens and earth, by right di­vine,
The world and all there­in, are Thine;
The whole cre­ation’s won­drous frame
Proclaims its mak­er’s glo­ri­ous name.

Blest be the Lord for­ev­er­more,
Whose pro­mise stands from days of yore,
His Word is fait­hful now as then;
Blest be His name. Amen, Amen.