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The God of Abraham Praise

Thomas Olivers
(1725-1799)

First Part

The God of Abraham praise, Who reigns enthroned above;
Ancient of everlasting days, and God of Love:
Jehovah, great I AM, by earth and Heav’n confessed;
I bow and bless the sacred Name forever blessed.

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.

The God of Abraham 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 Jesu’s blood.

He by Himself has sworn; I on His oath depend;
I shall, on eagles’ wings upborne, to Heav’n ascend:
I shall behold His face; I shall His power adore,
And sing the wonders of His grace for evermore.

Second Part

Though nature’s strength decay, and earth and hell withstand,
To Canaan’s bounds I urge my way, at His command.
The wat’ry deep I pass, with Jesus in my view;
And through the howling wilderness my way pursue.

The goodly land I see, with peace and plenty blest;
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.

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.

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.

Third Part

Before the great Three-One they all exulting stand,
And tell the wonders He hath done, through all their land:
The list’ning spheres attend, and swell the growing fame;
And sing, in songs which never end, the wondrous Name.

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!”

Before the Savior’s 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.

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 heav’nly lays,)
All might and majesty are Thine, and endless praise.

 

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can be heard on Dr. Stephen Nichol's helpful podcast at
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