Scripture Verse

The Lord reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof. Psalm 97:1


Isaac Watts

Words: Is­aac Watts, The Psalms of Da­vid 1719. Christ reign­ing in Hea­ven, and com­ing to judg­ment.

Music: Spires from Geist­liche Lied­er, by Jo­seph Klug, 1543. Har­mo­ny by Jo­hann S. Bach (🔊 pdf nwc).

Johann S. Bach


He reigns; the Lord, the Savior reigns;
Praise Him in evangelic strains;
Let the whole earth in songs rejoice,
And distant islands join their voice.

Deep are His counsels, and unknown,
But grace and truth support His throne;
Through gloomy clouds His ways surround,
Justice is their eternal ground.

In robes of judgment, lo! He comes,
Shakes the wide earth and cleaves the tombs;
Before Him burns devouring fire;
The mountains melt, the seas retire.

His enemies, with sore dismay,
Fly from the sight, and shun the day;
Then lift your heads, ye saints on high,
And sing, for your redemption’s nigh.