1 In Judah's kingdom God is known,
his name is great in Israel;
he makes Jerusalem his own,
his Zion where he loves to dwell;
he there destroyed the arms of war:
the glint of steel is seen no more.

2 Your majesty our eyes behold,
more glorious than the mountain steep:
the plundered warriors, once so bold,
are wrapped in death's unyielding sleep;
O God of Jacob, at your will
both horse and chariot now lie still.

3 What terrors does your wrath compel!
For who can stand when you appear?
From heaven your solemn verdict fell;
the earth was dumb, transfixed with fear,
when you, O God, in judgment rose
to save the oppressed from all their foes.

4 For human wrath shall be transformed
to praise your name and work for you;
then may your people serve the Lord,
and Gentile lands bring tribute too:
in this world's tyrants and their like
what terror must your judgments strike!

David G Preston (born 1939) from Psalm 76
© David Preston/Jubilate Hymns Ltd
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