Scripture Verse

Stand up and bless the Lord. Nehemiah 9:5


James Montgomery (1771–1854)
National Portrait Gallery


Words: James Mont­go­me­ry, 1824. The hymn was writ­ten for the an­ni­ver­sa­ry ce­le­bra­tion of the Red Hill Wes­ley­an Sun­day School in Shef­field, Eng­land. The orig­in­al se­cond line was Ye child­ren of His choice.

Music: St. Mi­chael me­lo­dy by Lou­is Bour­geois in the French Ge­ne­van Psal­ter, 1551. Adapt­ed by Will­iam Crotch in his Psalm Tunes, 1836 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

William Crotch (1775–1847)


Stand up and bless the Lord
Ye peo­ple of His choice;
Stand up and bless the Lord your God,
With heart, and soul, and voice.

Though high above all praise,
Above all bless­ing high,
Who would not fear His ho­ly name,
And laud, and mag­ni­fy?

O for the liv­ing flame
From His own al­tar brought,
To touch our lips, our minds in­spire,
And wing to Heav’n our thought!

There with be­nign re­gard,
Our hymns He deigns to hear;
Though un­re­vealed to mor­tal sense,
The Spi­rit feels Him near.

God is our strength and song,
And His sal­va­tion ours;
Then be His love in Christ pro­claimed
With all our ran­somed pow­ers.

Stand up and bless the Lord;
The Lord your God adore;
Stand up and bless His glo­ri­ous name;
Henceforth for­ev­er­more.