Tuesday Hymns: “Now Blessed Be the Lord Our God”

Because Presbyterians have a great heritage of Psalm singing, many of the hymns in The Trinity Hymnal were originally in Psalters. Our Tuesday Hymn for this week, Now Blessed Be the Lord Our God, is one such hymn. This hymn, which was taken from the 1650 Scottish Psalter, speaks of God’s reign over all the earth. We, as God’s people are not waiting to take ownership of the land between the Euphrates River and the Nile; we are looking forward to the day when we will enter the new heavens and the new earth. On that day, “every knee shall bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, [which covers everyone] and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil. 2:10-11)

This hymn has traditionally been sung to the tune, DUNDEE, but The Trinity Hymnal editors united it with the tune, MCKEE.

Now blessèd be the Lord our God,
The God of Israel.
For He alone doth wondrous works
In glory that excel.

His wide dominion shall extend
From sea to shining sea,
And unto earth’s remotest bounds
His peaceful rule shall be.

Yea, all the kings shall bow to Him,
His rule all nations hail;
He will regard the poor man’s cry
When other helpers fail.

And blessèd be His glorious Name
To all eternity;
The whole earth let His glory fill,
Amen, so let it be.

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