METER: CMD (88 88 D)
SUGGESTED TUNES: CLEANSING FOUNTAIN or MATERNA
This is the meter of such hymns as "There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood" and "America the Beautiful."
1. Why do the na-tions all con-spire,
And peo-ples plot in vain?
The rul-ers of the earth stand forth,
And plans a-mongst them make
A-gainst God and his Cho-sen One;
To-geth-er they all say,
"Let's break their fet-ters from our-selves,
And cast a-way their chains."
2. The one who sits in heav-en laughs;
The Lord scoffs at their plans.
Then he will speak to them in wrath
And ter-ri-fy them all.
God says, "I've set my cho-sen king
On Zi'n, my ho-ly hill."
I'll tell the e-dict God has made
And what he said to me:
3. "To-day I've giv-en birth to you,
You are my cho-sen son.
If you will ask, I'll give to you
The na-tions for your own.
All of the earth you shall pos-sess,
Your her-i-tage they'll be.
You'll break them with a rod of iron,
Smash them like pots of clay."
4. Now there-fore, rul-ers, you be wise;
O kings, now be thus warned.
Serve God the Lord with fear and awe,
With trem-bling kiss his feet,
Lest he be an-gry, and forth-with
You per-ish in the way,
Be-cause his an-ger ris-es fast.
Blest all who trust in him.
Reprinted by permission of the publisher from Sing the Psalms! by Dale A. Schoening. Copyright 1988 Dale A. Schoening.