Great is the Lord our God, And let his praise be greatAuthor: Isaac Watts
Published in 283 hymnals
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1 Great is the Lord, our God,
and let His praise be great;
He makes His churches His abode,
His most delightful seat.
These temples of His grace,
how beautiful they stand,
the honors of our native place
and bulwarks of our land!
2 Oft have our fathers told,
our eyes have often seen,
how well our God secures the fold
where His own sheep have been.
In ev'ry new distress
we’ll to His house repair,
recall to mind His wondrous grace,
and seek deliv'rance there.
3 Far as Thy Name is known,
the world declares Thy praise;
Thy saints, O LORD, before Thy throne,
their sons of honor raise.
With joy Thy people stand
on Zion's chosen hill,
proclaim the wonders of Thy hand,
and councils of Thy will.
4 How decent and how wise!
How glorious to behold!
Beyond the pomp that charms the eyes,
and rites adorned with gold.
The God we worship now
will guide us till we die;
will be our God while here below,
and ours above the sky.
Source: Hymns to the Living God #42
Great is the Lord our God. I. Watts. [Psalm xlviii.] First published in his Psalms of David, &c, 1719, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "The Church is the honour and safety of a nation." The popular form of this hymn is composed of stanzas i., ii., vi., vii. This is in extensive use in Great Britain and America, and embodies the oft-quoted stanza:—
"These temples of His grace,
How beautiful they stand
The honours of our native place,
The bulwarks of our land."
In a few cases the text is altered, and sometimes, as in the New Mitre, 1875, a doxology is addedition
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 2 of 2)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Hymns to the Living God #42||Great is the LORD, our God||Isaac Watts||SMD||Psalm 48:1-8||2017||Revelation and Adoration ||
|The Cyber Hymnal #2028||Great Is the Lord Our God||Great is the Lord our God||FERGUSON||Isaac Watts||SM||<cite>The Psalms of David</cite>, 1719, with the subtitle "The church is the honour and safety of a nation."|