1 The Lord Jehovah reigns,
his throne is built on high;
the garments he assumes
are light and majesty:
his glories shine with beams so bright
no mortal eye can bear the sight.
2 The thunders of his hand
keep the wide world in awe;
his wrath and justice stand
to guard his holy law;
and where his love resolves to bless
his truth confirms and seals his grace.
3 Through all his ancient works
amazing wisdom shines,
confounds the powers of hell
and breaks their cursed designs;
strong is his arm, and shall fulfil
his great decrees, his sovereign will.
4 And can this mighty King
of Glory condescend?
And will he write his name
My Father and my Friend?
I love his name, I love his word;
join, all my powers, and praise the Lord.
Source: Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #117
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The Lord Jehovah reigns, His throne is built on high. I. Watts. [Ps. cxlviii.] Although given in his Hymns and Sacred Songs, 1709, Bk. ii., No. 169, as a version of Ps. 148, in 4 stanzas of 8 lines, it did not appear in his Psalms of David, 1719, nor in any subsequent edition of the same. It is in somewhat extensive use.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
The Lord Jehovah reigns, p. 1153, ii. This is not a version of Psalms 148, but an original hymn.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)