Scripture Verse

The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. Psalm 110:4


Thomas Campbell (1777–1844)
National Portrait Gallery


Words: Is­aac Watts, The Psalms of Da­vid 1719. The king­dom and priest­hood of Christ.

Music: Sa­gi­na Tho­mas Camp­bell, Bou­quet 1825 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Isaac Watts (1674–1748)


Thus the great Lord of earth and sea
Spake to His Son, and thus He swore:
“Eternal shall Thy priesthood be,
And change from hand to hand no more.

“Aaron and all his sons must die,
But ev­er­last­ing life is Thine,
To save for­ev­er those that fly
For refuge from the wrath divine.

By Me Melchizedek was made
On earth a king and priest at once;
And Thou, My heav’nly priest, shall plead,
And Thou, My king, shall rule My sons.

Jesus the Priest ascends His throne,
While counsels of eter­nal peace,
Between the Fa­ther and the Son,
Proceed with honor and success.

Thro’ the whole earth His reign shall spread,
And crush the powers that dare rebel;
Then shall He judge the rising dead,
And send the guilty world to hell.

Though while He treads His glo­ri­ous way,
He drinks the cup of tears and blood,
The sufferings of that dreadful day
Shall but advance Him near to God.