O Worship the King

O worship the King, all glorious above,
O gratefully sing his power and his love;
Our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days,
Pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise.

O tell of his might, O sing of his grace,
Whose robe is the light, whose canopy space;
His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form,
And dark is his path on the wings of the storm.

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

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.

Frail children of 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.

– Psalm 104, Robert Grant, 1779-1838

I know the old hymns have largely fallen out of favor, and this one I’ve updated a little.  There are some good choruses, but I wonder, in my dotage, if God is really worshiped by amplifiers cranked up to high and shows imitating Las Vegas or Hollywood.  If smoke from God really filled a place instead of something generated by a machine, I wonder what the difference might be?

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6 thoughts on “O Worship the King

  1. I’d love to take the old hymns and give them an updated sound. Did you know that’s what Isaac Watts did? His “updated” songs are our favorite hymns!

    I like that God wants us to “sing a new song,” but don’t necessarily think He meant for us to add all the smoke and lights as well. Who knows? I do wish the new stuff was a little deeper. To sing one phrase for 15 minutes taxes my sensibility and seems a lot like chanting a mantra! 😉

    \o/

    • The pianist at the church where I used to lead singing called them “7-11 choruses” – 7 words sung 11 times. I agree with you about the old hymns. Although, if I remember church history correctly, Watts created quite a ruckus in his own time with his ideas on congregational singing.

      • He sure did. Luther was worse – he used the barroom ditties and gave them “sanctified” words. Church folks were NOT happy with this! He was the original Apolgetix lyrics writer. 😉

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