Tune: Adowa 8 8 6 D
Composer: James McGranahan, 1840-1907
1 You righteous, in the Lord rejoice;
‘Tis comely that with joyful voice
God’s saints His Name should praise.
With harp and hymn of gladness sing,
Your gift of sweetest music bring,
To Him a new song raise.
2 For upright is Jehovah’s word,
And all the doings of the Lord
In justice have their birth;
In judgment and in deeds of right
The Lord forever takes delight,
His goodness fills the earth.
3 Jehovah speaks, the heavens appear;
He breathes, and, lo, each shining sphere
In splendor stands arrayed;
He rolls the waters heap on heap,
He stores away the mighty deep
In garners for it made.
4 Let all the earth Jehovah fear,
Let all that dwell both far and near
In awe before Him stand;
For lo, He spoke and it was done,
And all, with sovereign power begun,
Stood fast at His command.
5 He makes the nations’ counsels vain,
The plans the peoples would maintain
Are thwarted by His hand.
Jehovah’s counsels stand secure,
His purposes of heart endure,
Forevermore they stand.
6 O truly is the nation blessed
Whose God, before the world confessed,
Jehovah is alone;
And blessed the people is whom He
Has made His heritage to be,
And chosen for His own.