Tuesday Hymns: “Zion, Founded on the Mountains”

Last night, Reed was in a “hymn singing mood,” so he and I picked some hymns out of The Trinity Hymnal to sing before he went to bed (It definitely was a duet that would not be pleasant to your ears). One of the hymns that he chose was entitled, Zion, Founded on the Mountains, which is our Tuesday Hymn for this week. It is a rendition of the 87th Psalm which speaks of the victory of God’s Kingdom as it spreads throughout the earth. In this hymn we are reminded that by Christ’s own blood, He “ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and [He has] made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.” (Revelation 5:9-10) It was originally in The Psalter, 1912, and is sung to the tune of CAERSALEM.

Zion, founded on the mountains,
God, thy Maker, loves thee well;
He has chosen thee, most precious,
He delights in thee to dwell;
God’s own city, God’s own city, God’s own city,
Who can all thy glory tell?

Heathen lands and hostile peoples
Soon shall come the Lord to know;
Nations born again in Zion
Shall the Lord’s salvation show;
God Almighty, God Almighty, God Almighty,
Shall on Zion strength bestow.

When the Lord shall count the nations,
Sons and daughters he shall see,
Born to endless life in Zion,
And their joyful song shall be:
“Blessed Zion, Blessed Zion, Blessed Zion,
All our fountains are in thee.”

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