Tuesday Hymns: “Stand Up and Bless the Lord”

James Montgomery was a British newspaper editor, poet, and writer of hymns. He was the son of a Moravian Brethren pastor and is probably known best for his Christmas carol, Angels from the Realms of Glory. He is also the author of our Tuesday Hymn of the Week, Stand Up and Bless the Lord. The hymn is a call for God’s people to praise their Lord for He is worthy of praise. Last Sunday morning this was our opening hymn, and it was sung to the familiar tune, St. Thomas.

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!

God is our strength and song,
And his salvation ours;
Then be his love in Christ proclaimed
With all our ransomed pow’rs.

Stand up and bless the Lord;
The Lord your God adore:
Stand up, and bless his glorious Name
Henceforth for evermore.

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