Tuesday Hymns: “Almighty God, Thy Lofty Throne”

The Trinity Hymnal is full of hymns that come to us from The Psalter which was published by The United Presbyterian Board of Publication in 1912. One of those hymns is our Tuesday Hymn of the Week, Almighty God, Thy Lofty Throne. It is a metrical version of Psalm 89:14-18 and speaks to us of God’s reign over all things from His heavenly throne. An old pastor friend of mine, who is in heaven now, Lester White, used to say, “God sits high, and sees low.” It is comforting to know that the God who rules over all things, also knows all things. He makes no mistakes, and is always working for His own eternal glory and our eternal good. As Romans 8:28 reminds us, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

It is often sung to the tune, Winchester New.

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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