Scripture Verse

The king shall joy in Thy strength, O Lord. Psalm 21:1


Words: From The Psal­ter (Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia: Unit­ed Pres­by­ter­ian Board of Pub­li­ca­tion, 1912), num­ber 45.

Music: La­ta­kia Ed­ward G. Tay­lor, 1860 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


Now the king in Thy strength
Shall be joyful, O Lord,
Thy sal­va­tion shall make him rejoice;
For the wish of his heart
Thou didst freely accord,
The request of his suppliant voice.

All the blessings of goodness
Thou freely didst give;
With the purest of gold he is crowned;
When he asked of Thee life,
Thou hast made Him to live
While the ages shall circle around.

Through sal­va­tion from Thee
Has his fame spread abroad
Thou didst glo­ry and honor impart;
Thou hast made him most blessèd
Forever, O God,
And Thy presence has gladdened his heart.

For the king in the strength
Of Je­ho­vah most high
Did unwavering confidence place;
On the name of Je­ho­vah
He still will rely,
And shall stand ev­er­more in His grace.

By the hand of Thy might
And Thy anger destroyed
All Thy foes and their offspring shall fail;
By the evil they planned
And the craft they employed,
They shall ne­ver against Thee prevail.

Thou they plotted their schemes
Against Thee and Thy might,
In their purpose they cannot succeed;
Thou wilt certainly make them
Turn backward in flight,
For Thine arrows are rea­dy to speed.

Be Thou then high exalted,
Jehovah our God,
And arise in the weight of Thy might;
We shall sing of Thy strength
And omnipotent rod;
In Thy praises shall be our delight.