177LM
PRAISE, everlasting praise, be paid
   To Him that earthís foundation laid;
Praise to the God Whose strong decrees
Sway all creation as He please.
 
2  Praise to the goodness of the Lord,
Who rules His people by His Word;
And has, as sure as His decrees,
Set forth the kindest promises.
 
3  Firm are the words the Scriptures give,
Sweet words on which Godís children live:
Here is the very voice of God
Who spoke, and spread the skies abroad.
 
4  O, for a strong, a lasting faith,
Believing all the Lord has said!
Owning the message of His Son,
Making the joys of Heaven our own.
 
5  Then, though the earthís foundations shake,
And all the powers of nature break,
Our steadfast souls shall fear no more
Than solid rocks when billows roar.
 
6  Our everlasting hopes arise
Above the present, changing skies,
Where the eternal Builder reigns
Who, risen souls, in joy, sustains.
 
Isaac Watts, 1674-1748