Our refuge and our strength is God,
sure help in every trouble;
though earth gives way and mountains fall,
yet we will fear no evil.
And though the mountains quake and shift
beneath the roaring waters,
the Lord almighty's our defence,
and Jacob's God our fortress.
 
A pure, refreshing river makes
God's city bright with gladness -
and there he dwells, supplying grace
in times of stress and sadness.
As nations rage, he lifts his voice
and strife is called to order.
The Lord almighty is our hope,
and Jacob's God our fortress.
 
O come and see the works of God
in bringing desolations:
he breaks the bow, he burns the shields,
he thwarts the wars of nations.
Be still, and know that he is God,
in earth and heaven exalted.
The Lord almighty is our King,
and Jacob's God our fortress!
 
After Psalm 46

Emma Turl (b.1946)
© Emma Turl, admin. The Jubilate Group
Metre: 8 7 8 7 D / Tunes: NODDFA (Gill Berry); BISHOPGARTH (Arthur Seymour Sullivan)