Scripture Verse

Will ye not tremble at My presence, which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it: and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it? Jeremiah 5:22


Words: Charles Wes­ley, Hymns for Times of Trou­ble and Per­se­cu­tion, se­cond edi­tion, en­larged (Lon­don: Stra­han, 1744), pag­es 67–68.

Music: Bu­cu­reș­ti adapt­ed from Lost Ri­ver, by Asa Hull, 1864 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Charles Wesley (1707–1788)


The Lord is king—ye saints, rejoice,
And ceaseless hallelujahs sing!
The angry floods lift up their voice
In vain, for lo! the Lord is king.
All ocean’s waves may swell and roar,
They cannot break their sandy chain:
Supreme in majesty and power
Jehovah shall for ever reign.

Though war’s devouring surges rise,
Beyond their bounds they cannot go,
Jehovah sits above the skies,
And rules th’embattled hosts below.
The counsels vain of earthly kings
He blasts and baffles at His will;
All their designs to naught He brings,
And bids the madding world be still.

’Tis God who bids contention cease,
And makes the flames of war expire,
Destroys the cruel foes of peace,
And burns the weapons of His ire.
Wherefore to Him our souls we raise,
Our souls are in His mighty hand;
We dwell within His secret place,
We on the rock of ages stand.

Thou, Lord, shalt take Thy people’s part,
Our lives beneath Thy shadow hide:
Head over all to us Thou art,
To us who in Thy name confide.
Jesus, we trust in Thee alone:
The strength that in Thy name we have,
The love that still preserves Thine own,
Thro’ all eternity shall save.