1 My heart was glad to hear the welcome sound,
The call to seek Jehovah's house of prayer;
Our feet are standing here on holy ground,
Within thy gates, thou city grand and fair.
2 God's people to Jerusalem repair
To hear His word and worship Him with praise;
The throne of justice stands eternal there,
Messiah's throne through endless length of days.
3 Let earnest prayer be made for Zion's peace;
Thy sons who hold thee dear shall prosper well;
May blessing in thy palaces increase
And peace within thy walls forever dwell.
4 For all my brethren and companion's sakes
My prayer shall be, Let peace in thee abide;
Since God the Lord in thee His dwelling makes,
To thee my love shall never be denied.
1 O Lord, Thou art my God and King,
And I will ever bless Thy Name;
I will extol Thee every day,
And evermore Thy praise proclaim.
2 The Lord is greatly to be praised,
His greatness is beyond our thought;
From age to age the sons of men
Shall tell the wonders God has wrought.
3 Upon Thy glorious majesty
And wondrous works my mind shall dwell;
Thy deeds shall fill the world with awe,
And of Thy greatness I will tell.
4 Thy matchless goodness and Thy grace
Thy people shall commemorate,
And all Thy truth and righteousness
My joyful song shall celebrate.
5 The Lord our God is rich in grace,
Most tender and compassionate;
His anger is most slow to rise,
His lovingkindness is most great.
6 The Lord is good in all His ways,
His creatures know His constant care;
To all His works His love extends,
All men His tender mercies share.
7 Thy works shall give Thee thanks, O Lord,
Thy saints Thy mighty acts shall show,
Till o'er the earth the sons of men
Thy kingdom, power, and glory know.
8 Eternal is Thy kingdom, Lord,
Forever strong and ever sure;
While generations rise and die
Shall Thy dominion still endure.
1 How good and pleasant is the sight
When brethren make it their delight
To dwell in blest accord;
Such love is like anointing oil
That consecrates for holy toil
The servants of the Lord.
2 Such love in peace and joy distils,
As o'er the slopes of Hermon's hills
Refreshing dew descends;
The Lord commands His blessing there,
And they that walk in love shall share
In life that never ends.
1 God never moves without purpose or plan
when trying his servant and molding a man.
Give thanks to the Lord, though the testing seems long;
in darkness he gives us a song.
O rejoice in the Lord.
He makes no mistake.
He knows the end of each path that I take.
For when I am tried and purified,
I shall come forth as gold.
2 I could not see through shadows ahead;
so I looked at the cross of my Savior instead.
I bowed to the will of the Master that day;
then peace came and tears fled away.
3 Now I can see testing comes from above;
God strengthens his children and purges in love.
My Father knows best, and I trust in his care;
through purging more fruit I will bear.