18a. The earth belongs to God alone

1 The earth belongs to God alone
and all that it contains;
the world and its inhabitants
God's steadfast love maintains.
2 The Lord who brought the world to birth
laid earth's foundations sure,
and firm within the surging seas
established them secure.

3 Who, then, are those who shall ascend
the holy hill of God?
And who is fit to stand within
the presence of the Lord?
4 All those whose hands and hearts are clean,
with no room in their mind
for worthless vanities or vows
of a deceitful kind.

5 These are the people who receive
a blessing from the Lord,
and vindication for their ways
from God, their saving God.
6 O God of Jacob, help us all
who gather in this place,
to seek your presence with us now:
we yearn to see your face.

Text Information
First Line: The earth belongs to God alone
Publication Date: 2005
Meter: DCM
Topic: Creation; Gathering; God: names and imags of (2 more...)
Source: Scottish Psalter, 1929
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer (attributed to): William Croft (1678-1727)
Meter: DCM
Key: B♭ Major
Source: A Supplement to the New Version, 1708

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