Scripture Verse

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against His Anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Psalm 2:1–4

Introduction

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Thoro Harris
1874–1955

Words: Will­iam H. Bath­urst, Psalms and Hymns 1831, page 6.

Music: Cri­mea Tho­ro Har­ris, cir­ca 1905 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William H. Bathurst
1796–1877

Lyrics

How vainly strive ungodly foes
Christ’s growing empire to restrain!
And with presumptuous scorn oppose
The Gospel’s everlasting reign!

The Lord on His eternal throne
Derides their impotent designs;
His word is sure—Thou art My Son
In whom My perfect image shines.

Earth’s utmost bounds shall own Thy sway,
And ransomed heathen bow the knee;
While overwhelming wrath shall slay
The foes that will not worship Thee.

Lord, let our trust in Him be placed
Who reigns and intercedes above;
That we with trembling joy may taste
The blessing of a Savior’s love.