The God of Abraham Praise

Melody - "Yigdal", Hebrew, 17th C.; Seq. by Richard Jordan

Thomas Olivers, ca. 1770

The God of Abraham praise;
All praised be His name
Who was and is and is to be
And still the same!
The one eternal God,
Ere aught that now appears;
The First, the Last: beyond all thought
His timeless years!

1. (Original) The God of Abrah'm praise,
Who reigns enthroned above;
Ancient of everlasting days
And God of Love;
Jehovah great I am!
By earth and heaven confest;
I bow and lbess the sacred Name,
Forever blessed.

2. The God of Abraham praise,
At whose supreme command
From earth I rise and seek the joys
At His right hand.
I all on earth forsake,
Its wisdom, fame, and power,
And Him my only Portion make,
My Shield and Tower.

3. The God of Abrah'm praise,
Whose all-sufficient grace
Shall guide me all my happy days
In all my ways:
He calls a worm his friend!
He calls himself my God!
And he shall save me to the end
Through Jesus' blood.

4. He by Himself hath sworn,
I on His oath depend,
I shall, on eagles' wings upborne,
To heaven ascend;
I shall behold His face,
I shall His power adore
And sing the wonders of His grace

5. Though nature's strength decay,
And earth and hell withstand,
To Canaan's bounds I urge my way
At His command:
The watery deep I pass,
With Jesus in my view;
And through the howling wilderness
My way pursue.

6. The goodly land I see,
With peace and plenty blessed;
A land of sacred liberty
And endless rest.
There milk and honey flow;
And oil and wine abound,
And trees of life forever grow,
With mercy crowned.

7. There dwells the Lord, our King,
The Lord our Righteousness
(Triumphant o'er the world and sin),
The Prince of Peace;
On Zion's sacred height,
His kingdom still maintains;
And glorious with His saints in light
Forever reigns.

8. He keeps His own secure,
He guards them by His side,
Arrays in garments, white and pure,
His spotless bride:
With streams of sacred bliss,
With groves of living joys
With all the fruits of Paradise
He still supplies.

9. Before the great three-one
They all exulting stand;
And tell the wonders he hath done
Through all their land;
The listening spheres attend
And swell the growing fame
And sing the songs which never end,
The wondrous name.

10. The God who reigns on high,
The great archangels sing,
And "Holy, holy, holy," cry,
Almighty King!
Who Was and Is the same
And evermore shall be.
Jehovah - Father - great I am!
We worship Thee.

11. Before the Saviors' face
The ransomed nations bow;
O'erwhelmed at His almighty grace,
Forever new;
He shows His prints of love
They kindle to a flame!
And sound through all the worlds above
The slaughtered Lamb.

12. The whole triumphant host
Give thanks to God on high;
"Hail, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!"
They ever cry.
Hail, Abraham's God and mine!
I join the heavenly lays,
All might and majesty are Thine,
And endless praise.

This hymn is usually composed of verses 1 (not the original),2,4, and 12.

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