PSALM 68:1-10, 32-35
METER: 78 78 77
SUGGESTED TUNES: GROSSER GOTT or LIEBSTER JESU (Note: The latter tune will require minor alterations in the slurring of syllables over notes in the last two lines of each stanza.)
This is the meter for such hymns as "Holy God, We Praise Thy Name" or "Blessed Jesus, at Thy Word."
1. Rise, O God! Dis-perse your foes!
Let those who hate you flee from you.
Drive them off like blow-ing smoke;
Like wax that melts by the fire-side
Let the wick-ed melt a-way,
Let them per-ish be-fore you.
2. Let the right-eous ones re-joice;
Let them shout for joy be-fore God,
Let them shout with high-est joy.
Sing to God, sing to him prais-es.
Make a way, he rides the clouds;
He is Yah-weh, praise his name!
3. Fa-ther of the or-phaned one,
The pro-tect-or of the wid-ow,
Is God in his ho-ly house.
Lone-ly ones he gives a dwell-ing;
Pris-oners he brings out with joy;
Reb-els camp in des-erts wild.
4. God, when you led out your own,
When you marched a-cross the des-ert,
Earth shook, and the rain poured down,
When they saw your ho-ly pres-ence;
God, who comes from Si-nai's mount,
Yah-weh, God of Is-ra-el.
5. You made gen-erous rains to fall
On your her-i-tage that lan-guished;
There your peo-ple found a place
Where they made them-selves a dwell-ing;
In your good-ness, Lord, you did
Help the poor and need-y ones.
6. Sing to God, earth's king-doms all;
To the Lord our God sing prais-es,
Who rides in the an-cient heav'ns,
Who sends forth his voice so might-y.
Give him cred-it for his pow'r,
The Most High of Is-ra-el.
7. God's pow'r's great-er than the skies.
God is awe-some in his Tem-ple.
He is God of Is-ra-el,
Giv-ing strength un-to his peo-ple.
Let us bless the Lord our God;
Let us praise the Lord our God.
Stanzas 1-5 reprinted by permission of the publisher from Sing the Psalms! by Dale A. Schoening. Copyright 1988 Dale A. Schoneing. Stanzas 6-7 reprinted by permission of the publisher from Supplementary Volume to Sing the Psalms by Dale A. Schoening. Copyright 1992 Dale A. Schoening.