Sing to the Lord, you saints of His; praise His holy Name. Psalm 30:4
Words: Julia B. Cory, 1902. She wrote these words at the request of J. Archer Gibson, who wanted new lyrics for the tune Kremser. Gibson was organist at the Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City, which Cory’s family attended. The first public performance of the hymn was the next Thanksgiving Day. It appeared in Hymns of the Living Church in 1910.
We praise Thee, O God, our Redeemer, creator,
In grateful devotion our tribute we bring;
We lay it before Thee, we kneel and adore Thee,
We bless Thy holy name, glad praises we sing.
We worship Thee, God of our fathers, we bless Thee;
Through life’s storm and tempest our guide have Thou been;
When perils overtake us, escape Thou will make us,
And with Thy help, O Lord, our battles we win.
With voices united our praises we offer,
To Thee, great Jehovah, glad anthems we raise.
Thy strong arm will guide us, our God is beside us,
To Thee, our great Redeemer, forever be praise.
Cory later added this verse for use at Christmas:
Thy love Thou didst show us, Thine only Son sending,
Who came as a babe and whose bed was a stall,
His blest life He gave us and then died to save us;
We praise Thee, O Lord, for Thy gift to us all.