Sunday, November 26, 2017

Watts: Jesus shall reign

Sunday, November 26, 2017
    Commemoration of Isaac Watts, Hymnwriter, 1748
May his name endure forever;
    may it continue as long as the sun.
All nations will be blessed through him,
    and they will call him blessed.
Praise be to the LORD God, the God of Israel,
    who alone does marvelous deeds.
Praise be to his glorious name forever;
    may the whole earth be filled with his glory.
Amen and Amen.
    —Psalm 72:17-19 (NIV)
Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
Does its successive journeys run,
His kingdom stretch from shore to shore,
Till moons shall wax and wane no more.

For him shall endless prayer be made,
And princes throng to crown his head;
His name, like sweet perfume, shall rise
With ev’ry morning sacrifice.

People and realms, of every tongue,
Dwell on his love with sweetest song,
And infant-voices shall proclaim
Their early blessings on his name.

Blessings abound where’er he reigns;
The prisoners leap to lose their chains;
The weary find eternal rest,
And all the sons of want are blest.

Let every creature rise and bring
Peculiar honours to our King:
Angels descend with songs again,
And earth repeat the loud Amen.
    ... Isaac Watts (1674-1748), Psalms of David Imitated [1719], in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, ed. Samuel Melanchthon Worcester, Boston: Crocker & Brewster, 1834, Ps. 72, second part, p. 159-160 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 72:17-19; 145:21; Isa. 9:6-7; Luke 1:30-33; 2:13-14; Rev. 5:13
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your praises shall be endless.

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