Psalm 20

Words: Isaac Watts

Long Metre Tunes

Prayer and hope of victory.
For a day of prayer in time of war.
   1  Now may the God of power and grace
      Attend his people’s humble cry!
      Jehovah hears when Isr’el prays,
      And brings deliverance from on high.
   2  The name of Jacob’s God defends
      Better than shields or brazen walls;
      He from his sanctuary sends
      Succor and strength, when Zion calls.
   3  Well he remembers all our sighs,
      His love exceeds our best deserts;
      His love accepts the sacrifice
      Of humble groans and broken hearts.
   4  In his salvation is our hope,
      And, in the name of Isr’el’s God,
      Our troops shall lift their banners up,
      Our navies spread their flags abroad.
   5  Some trust in horses trained for war,
      And some of chariots make their boasts:
      Our surest expectations are
      From thee, the Lord of heav’nly hosts.
   6  [O may the memory of thy name
      Inspire our armies for the fight!
      Our foes shall fall and die with shame,
      Or quit the field with shameful flight.]
   7  Now save us, Lord, from slavish fear,
      Now let our hopes be firm and strong,
      Till the salvation shall appear,
      And joy and triumph raise the song.

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