Monday, November 14, 2005

Not to us.... Psalm 115

Preparing a study on Psalm 115, I found this hymn based on it. It's in 8787 meter which fits nicely to the tune of Love Divine All Loves Excelling...
Not to us be glory given,
but to him who reigns above;
Glory to the God of heaven,
for his faithfulness and love!
What tho’ unbelieving voices
hear no word and see no sign,
Still in God my heart rejoices,
working out his will divine.

Not what human fingers fashion,
gold and silver, deaf and blind,
Dead to knowledge and compassion,
having neither heart nor mind –
Lifeless gods some yet adore them ,
nerveless hands and feet of clay,
All become, who bow before them ,
lost indeed, and dead as they.

Not in them the hope of blessing;
hope is in the living Lord!
High and low, his name confessing,
find in him their shield and sword.
Hope of all whose hearts revere him,
God of Israel, still the same!
God of Aaron! Those who fear him
he remembers all by name.

Not the dead, but we the living
praise the Lord with all our power;
Of his goodness freely giving,
his is heaven, earth is ours.
Not to us be glory given,
but to him who reigns above:
Glory to the God of heaven
for his faithfulness and love!
(Timothy Dudley-Smith 1974)