Scripture Verse

Let all those that put their trust in Thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because Thou defendest them: let them also that love Thy name be joyful in Thee. Psalm 5:11


James Montgomery (1771–1854)
National Portrait Gallery


Words: James Mont­go­me­ry, Songs of Zi­on 1822.

Music: Go­der­ich Will­iam H. W. Dar­ley, in the Me­tho­dist Hymn and Tune Book (To­ron­to, Ca­na­da: Me­tho­dist Book & Pub­lish­ing House, 1894), num­ber 70 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Dar­ley (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Be joy­ful in God, all ye lands of the earth,
O serve Him with glad­ness and fear!
Exult in His pre­sence with mu­sic and mirth,
With love and de­vo­tion draw near,
With love and de­vo­tion draw near.

Jehovah is God, and Je­ho­vah alone,
Creator and Rul­er o’er all;
And we are His peo­ple, His scep­ter we own,
His sheep, and we fol­low His call,
His sheep, and we fol­low His call.

O en­ter His gates with thanks­giv­ing and song!
Your vows in His tem­ple pro­claim;
His praise with me­lo­di­ous ac­cord­ance pro­long,
And bless His ad­or­able name,
And bless His ad­or­able name.

For good is the Lord, in­ex­pres­si­bly good,
And we are the work of His hand;
His mer­cy and truth from eter­ni­ty stood,
And shall to eter­ni­ty stand,
And shall to eter­ni­ty stand.