1 Stand up, and bless the Lord,
ye people of His choice;
stand up, and bless the Lord your God
with heart, and soul, and voice.
2 Tho' high above all praise,
above all blessing high,
who would not fear His holy Name,
and laud and magnify?
3 O for the living flame,
from His own altar brought,
to touch our lips, our mind inspire,
and wing to heav'n our thought!
4 There, with benign regard,
our hymns He deigns to hear;
though unrevealed to mortal sense,
the spirit feels Him near.
5 God is our strength and song,
and His salvation ours;
then be His love in Christ proclaimed
with all our ransomed pow'rs.
6 Stand up and bless the Lord,
the Lord your God adore;
stand up, and bless His glorious Name
henceforth for evermore.
Source: Hymns to the Living God #27
|First Line:||Stand up, and bless the Lord Ye people of his choice|
|Title:||Stand up, and bless the Lord|
|Author:||James Montgomery (1824)|
"Stand up and bless the Lord, Ye children of His choice."When Montgomery included it in his Christian Psalmist, 1825, No. 558, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, he altered this opening to:—
"Stand up and bless the Lord, Ye people of His choice:"and this was repeated in his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 86. In J. H. Thorn's Hymns, &c, 1858, it begins, “Arise, and bless the Lord: " and in the American Songs for the Sanctuary, N. Y., 1865, "0 Thou above all praise" (stanzas ii. altered). It is in extensive use in all English-speaking countries, and usually the 1825 text is followed. -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)