Scripture Verse

Praise the Lord, all His heavenly hosts, you His servants who do His will. Psalm 103:21


Johann M. Haydn

Words: Charles Wes­ley, Hymns for Times of Trou­ble and Per­se­cu­tion, (Lon­don: Stra­han, 1744), page 43, alt.

Music: Ly­ons, at­trib­ut­ed to Jo­hann M. Hay­dn (1737–1806). Ar­ranged by Will­iam Gar­di­ner, Sac­red Me­lo­dies (Lon­don: 1815) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

Charles Wesley

Origin of the Hymn

The year 1744 was a time of great op­po­si­tion to, and per­se­cu­tion of, the Me­thod­ists in Eng­land. The coun­try was at war with France. An in­va­sion for the pu­rpose of de­thron­ing George II, and crown­ing the ex­iled rep­res­ent­a­tive of the House of Stu­art was ex­pect­ed.

The Me­thod­ists were rep­re­sent­ed as Pap­ists in dis­guise, work­ing for the Pre­ten­der. Their meet­ings were brok­en up by mobs, and ma­ny of their preach­ers were im­pressed in­to the ar­my. Ev­en the Wes­leys were brought be­fore the ma­gis­trates for ex­am­in­a­tion.

In the midst of these per­se­cu­tions they pub­lished a pam­phlet con­tain­ing thir­ty-three piec­es and en­ti­tled Hymns for Times of Trou­ble and Per­se­cu­tion, 1744. This hymn was first pub­lished in that pam­phlet.

Nutter, p. 10


Ye servants of God, your master proclaim,
And publish abroad His wonderful name;
The name all victorious of Jesus extol,
His kingdom is glorious and rules over all.

The waves of the sea have lifted their voice,
Sore troubled that we in Jesus rejoice;
The floods they are roaring, but Jesus is here;
While we are adoring, He always is near.

Men, devils engage, the billows arise,
And horribly rage, and threaten the skies:
Their fury shall never our steadfastness shock,
The weakest believer is built on a rock.

God ruleth on high, almighty to save,
And still He is nigh, His presence we have;
The great congregation His triumph shall sing,
Ascribing salvation to Jesus our king.

Salvation to God, who sits on the throne,
Let all cry aloud and honor the Son!
The praises of Jesus the angels proclaim,
Fall down on their faces and worship the Lamb.

Then let us adore, and give Him His right,
All glory and power, and wisdom and might;
All honor and blessing, with angels above,
And thanks never ceasing, and infinite love.