Scripture Verse

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of His holiness. Psalm 48:1


Words: From The Psal­ter (Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia: Unit­ed Pres­by­ter­ian Board of Pub­li­ca­tion, 1912), num­ber 132.

Music: St. John’s High­lands, ano­ny­mous (🔊 pdf nwc).


Within Thy temple’s sacred courts,
With loving and adoring thought,
We contemplate Thy grace, O God,
And all Thy deeds with mercy fraught.

Where’er Thy name, O God, is known,
Where’er Thy glo­ri­ous fame extends,
There also is Thy praise proclaimed,
Far as the earth’s remotest ends.

Thy hand is full of right­eous­ness;
Let Zion’s gladness then be great,
And let her daughters sing for joy
And all Thy judgments celebrate.

Encompass Zion, count her towers,
And mark her strong defenses well;
Consider all her palaces,
And to your sons her glo­ry tell.

This mighty God for­ev­er lives
Our God and Sav­ior to abide,
And till our pilgrim days shall end
Will ever be our faithful guide.