The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows His handiwork. Psalm 19:1
Words: Isaac Watts, The Psalms of David 1719.
The book of nature and Scripture. For a Lord’s Day morning.
Music: Dominica Herbert S. Oakeley, 1874 (🔊 pdf nwc).
Behold, the lofty sky
Declares its maker God.
And all His starry works on high
Proclaim His power abroad.
The darkness and the light
Still keep their course the same;
While night to day, and day to night,
Divinely teach His name.
In every different land,
Their general voice is known;
They show the wonders of His hand,
And orders of His throne.
Ye Christian hearts, rejoice,
[originally, Ye British lands, rejoice]
Here He reveals His Word;
We are not left to nature’s voice
To bid us know the Lord.
His statutes and commands
Are set before our eyes;
He puts His Gospel in our hands,
Where our salvation lies.
His laws are just and pure,
His truth without deceit,
His promises for ever sure
And His rewards are great.
Not honey to the taste
Affords so much delight,
Nor gold that has the furnace passed
So much allures the sight.
While of Thy works I sing,
Thy glory to proclaim,
Accept the praise, my God, my king
In my Redeemer’s name.