Tuesday Hymns: “Almighty God, Thy Lofty Throne”

Our Tuesday Hymn for this week comes out of The Psalter, 1912 and is a loose versification of Psalm 89:14-18. Although this hymn, entitled in our modern hymnbooks, Almighty God, Thy Lofty Throne, did not make it into what we Presbyterians often call, the “Red Trinity Hymnal,” it is found in the “Blue Trinity Hymnal” of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Its theme is the glory of God. The hymn speaks of God’s holiness, justice, truth, righteousness, and power, yet, it also declares that in the midst of that majesty, His love and boundless grace are present for all who are His. Or, as Psalm 85:10 says, “steadfast love and faithfulness meet; righteousness and peace kiss each other.”

It is sung to the familiar tune, New Winchester, and is a reminder to us that just a few verses of a hymn can be packed with much truth about our holy God.

Almighty God, Thy lofty throne
Has justice for its cornerstone,
And shining bright before Thy face
Are truth and love and boundless grace.

 With blessing is the nation crowned
Whose people know the joyful sound;
They in the light, O Lord, shall live,
The light Thy face and favor give.

 Thy Name with gladness they confess,
Exalted in Thy righteousness;
Their fame and might to Thee belong,
For in Thy favor they are strong.

 All glory unto God we yield,
Jehovah is our help and shield;
All praise and honor we will bring
To Israel’s Holy One, our King.

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