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41. O Worship the King, All Glorious Above!

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1 O worship the King, all glorious above!
O gratefully sing God's power and God’s love:
our shield and defender, the Ancient of Days,
pavilioned in splendor and girded with praise.

2 O tell of God's might; O sing of God's grace,
whose robe is the light, whose canopy space,
whose chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form;
and bright is God's path on the wings of the storm.

3 The earth with its store of wonders untold,
Almighty, your power has founded of old;
established it fast by a changeless decree,
and round it has cast, like a mantle, the sea.

4 Your bountiful care what tongue can recite?
It breathes in the air; it shines in the light;
it streams from the hills; it descends to the plain,
and sweetly distills in the dew and the rain.

5 Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
in you do we trust, nor find you to fail;
your mercies, how tender, how firm to the end,
our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend.

Text Information
First Line: O worship the King, all glorious above!
Title: O Worship the King, All Glorious Above!
Author: Robert Grant (1833, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: Deuteronomy 31:6; Deuteronomy 31:8; Joshua 1:5; 2 Samuel 22:11-22; 1 Chronicles 16:29; 1 Chronicles 29:11-13; Psalm 18:10-11; Psalm 21:13; Psalm 46:1; Psalm 47:6-7; Psalm 84:11; Psalm 91:4; Psalm 103:14; Psalm 104:1-28; Psalm 145:1-13; Daniel 7:9; Luke 1:78; John 4:23; 1 Timothy 6:15-16
Topic: Adoration; Care of Creation; Creation (2 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: Joseph Martin Kraus (1784, alt.)
Key: G Major

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Addressing the first two stanzas to the singers of the hymn and the last three to God, this free paraphrase of Psalm 104 recasts the psalmist’s imagery with baroque verve. Though it was first published in England, the tune has been more popular in North America than there.

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