Scripture Verse

O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Psalm 95:1


James Montgomery (1771–1854)
National Portrait Gallery


Words: At­trib­ut­ed to James Mont­go­me­ry, 1822.

Music: El­ez Ben­ja­min F. Al­le­man, in Augs­burg Songs (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Lu­ther­an Pub­li­ca­tion So­cie­ty, 1885), num­ber 2 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


O come let us sing to the Lord,
In God our sal­va­tion rejoice;
In psalms of thanksgiving record
His praise with one spirit, one voice!
For Je­ho­vah is king, and He reigns,
The God of all gods on His throne,
The strength of the hills He maintains,
The ends of the earth are His own.

The sea is Je­ho­vah’s; He made
The tide its dominion to know;
The land is Je­ho­vah’s; He laid
Its solid foundations below;
O come let us worship and kneel
Before our creator, our God!
The people who serve Him with zeal,
The flock whom He guides with His rod.

As Moses the fathers of old
Through sea and the wilderness led,
His wonderful works we behold,
With manna from Hea­ven are fed;
Today, let us hearken, today,
To the voice that speaks from above,
And all His commandments obey,
For all His commandments are love.