Scripture Verse

Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God? Psalm 77:13


Words: From The Psal­ter (Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia: Unit­ed Pres­by­ter­ian Board of Pub­li­ca­tion, 1912), num­ber 211.

Music: Va­ter un­ser Geist­liche Lied­er (Leip­zig, Ger­ma­ny: 1539). Har­mo­ny by Jo­hann S. Bach, 1726 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Johann S. Bach (1685–1750)


O God, most ho­ly are Thy ways,
And who like Thee de­serves my praise?
Thou on­ly do­est won­drous things,
The whole wide world Thy glo­ry sings;
Thine out­stretched arm Thy peo­ple saved,
Though sore dis­tressed and long en­slaved.

O God, from Thee the wa­ters fled,
The depths were moved with migh­ty dread,
The swell­ing clouds their tor­rents poured,
And o’er the earth the tem­pest roared;
’Mid light­ning’s flash and thun­der’s sound
Great trem­bling shook the so­lid ground.

Thy way was in the sea, O God,
Through migh­ty waters, deep and broad;
None un­der­stood but God alone,
To man Thy foot­steps were un­known;
But safe Thy people Thou didst keep,
Almighty Shep­herd of Thy sheep.