1 O come let us sing to the Lord,
In God our salvation rejoice;
In psalms of thanksgiving record
His praise with one spirit, one voice!
For Jehovah is king, and He reigns,
The God of all gods on His throne,
The strength of the hills He maintains,
The ends of the earth are His own.
2 The sea is Jehovah’s; He made
The tide its dominion to know;
The land is Jehovah’s; He laid
Its solid foundations below;
O come let us worship and kneel
Before our creator, our God!
The people who serve Him with zeal,
The flock whom He guides with His rod.
3 As Moses the fathers of old
Through sea and the wilderness led,
His wonderful works we behold,
With manna from Heaven are fed;
Today, let us hearken, today,
To the voice that speaks from above,
And all His commandments obey,
For all His commandments are love.
James Montgomery (b. Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland, 1771; d. Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, 1854), the son of Moravian parents who died on a West Indies mission field while he was in boarding school, Montgomery inherited a strong religious bent, a passion for missions, and an independent mind. He was editor of the Sheffield Iris (1796-1827), a newspaper that sometimes espoused radical causes. Montgomery was imprisoned briefly when he printed a song that celebrated the fall of the Bastille and again when he described a riot in Sheffield that reflected unfavorably on a military commander. He also protested against slavery, the lot of boy chimney sweeps, and lotteries. Associated with Christians of various persuasions, Montgomery supported missio… Go to person page >