Scripture Verse

Praise waiteth for Thee in silence, O God, in Zion; and unto Thee shall the vow be performed. Psalm 65:1

Introduction

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Isaac Watts
1674–1748

Words: Is­aac Watts, The Psalms of Da­vid 1719. Pub­lic pray­er and praise.

Music: Church Tri­um­phant James W. El­li­ott, 1874 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

  • Ahaz Lo­well Ma­son, The Mo­dern Psalm­ist (Bos­ton Mas­sa­chu­setts: John H. Wil­kins & Ri­chard B. Car­ter, 1839, page 63 (🔊 pdf nwc)

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

Lyrics

The praise of Sion waits for Thee,
My God, and praise becomes Thy house;
There shall Thy saints Thy glo­ry see,
And there perform their public vows.

O Thou whose mercy bends the skies
To save when humble sinners pray,
All lands to Thee shall lift their eyes,
And islands of the northern sea.

Against my will my sins prevail,
But grace shall purge away their stain;
The blood of Christ shall ne­ver fail
To wash my garments white again.

Blest is the man whom Thou shalt choose,
And give him kind access to Thee;
Give him a place within Thy house,
To taste Thy love divinely free.

Let Babel fear when Sion prays;
Babel, prepare for long distress,
When Sion’s God Himself arrays
In terror and in right­eous­ness.

With dreadful glo­ry God fulfills
What His afflicted saints request;
And with al­migh­ty wrath reveals
His love, to give His churches rest.

Then shall the flocking nations run
To Sion’s hill, and own their Lord;
The rising and the setting sun
Shall see the Sav­ior’s name adored.