Sunday, March 22, 2009

Sunday Song

O Worship the King
Robert Grant

O worship the King, All glorious above,
And gratefully sing His power and His love:
Our Shield and Defender, The Ancient of Days,
Pavilioned in splendor, And girded with praise.

O tell of His might, And sing of His grace,
Whose robe is the light, Whose canopy space.
His chariots of wrath, The deep thunderclouds form,
And dark is His path On the wings of the storm.

Thy bountiful care, What tongue can recite?
It breathes in the air; It shines in the light.
It streams from the hills; It descends to the plain,
And sweetly distills In the dew and the rain.

Frail children of dust, And feeble as frail,
In Thee do we trust, Nor find Thee to fail.
Thy mercies how tender! How firm to the end!
Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend!

Charles Grant was the director of the East India Company and a prominent British statesman. He was also a devout Christian who used his position in India to encourage missions there. He had a son, Robert, who also grew up to be as devout as his father. In the early 1840's Robert studied Psalm 104 and wrote this well known hymn based on those verses. When he was 50 he returned to the land of his childhood, India and became the Governor of Bombay.
*Hymn history taken from Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan.

11 comments:

the undomesticated wife said...

Love this hymn, reminds me of home!

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

Very Beautiful!

mrs boo radley said...

We sang this in my praise band at the church I attended when I first moved away from home. Love the memories it brings back.

Janice said...

I had never heard this hymn before. It has really pretty words. What a relaxing idea to share a Sunday Song. Thanks.

The B's said...

LOVE the new design!

Susie from Bienvenue said...

I love your new look! So fresh and springie~

HeathahLee said...

Shannon, I don't often comment on your Sunday Song posts, but I have to say how much I enjoy them. They are almost always ones I remember from my childhood, growing up staunchly Southern Baptist. While I'm still Southern Baptist, my more tradional Southern Baptist hymns have been mostly replaced with modern Worship music, which, in essence, really is just modern hymns. I wish, though, that we would revisit some of these glorious old songs more. "Pavilioned in splendor"? How great a line is that?

Thanks for posting!

Oh, and I love your new look! Very springyish! : )

Melanieshea said...

Beautiful song and LOVE your new look!!!

Sherri's Southern Style said...

LOVE the design!

Momofgirls said...

Love your new look! Great Hymn too! I finally found an old hymnal at a garage sale for $1 ! My husband and I LOVED looking through it! Our church occasionally sings hymns but mostly praise and worship!

Have a great week!

Jennifer said...

we sang that song in church on sunday and I still have it stuck in my head. a good one to have in there for sure!