Scripture Verse

Give the king Thy judgments, O God, and Thy righteousness unto the king’s Son. Psalm 72:1


Words: From The Psal­ter (Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia: Unit­ed Pres­by­ter­ian Board of Pub­li­ca­tion, 1912), num­ber 193.

Music: Ish­pem­ing Ger­hard T. Al­ex­is, 1924 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Gerhard T. Alexis


O God, to Thine anointed king
Give truth and right­eous­ness;
Thy people He will justly judge
And give the poor redress.
Then every fruitful mountainside
Shall yield its rich increase,
And right­eous­ness in all the land
Shall bear the fruit of peace.

The poor man’s cause He will maintain,
The needy He will bless,
And He will break the strength of those
Who would the poor oppress.
So men shall fear Thee while the sun
In daily splendor glows,
And through all ages, while the moon
On earth its light bestows.

Like rain upon the newborn grass,
That falls refreshingly,
Like gentle showers that cheer the earth,
So shall His coming be.
The righteous in His glo­ri­ous day
Shall flourish and increase,
The earth, until the moon shall fade,
Shall have abundant peace.