OUR NATION, GOD, ITS HEART TO THEE UPRAISETH
Robert Seymour Bridges, 1844-1930
We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what work thou didst in their days, in the times of old.
This hymn, heretofore unknown to me, touched my heart powerfully this morning as I went in search of patriotic hymns for Veterans Day. Would that this were our
whole nation's heart-cry. Lord, let it be mine.
Our nation, God, its heart to Thee upraiseth,
O Lord, the nation bows before Thy face:
With high thanksgiving, Thee Thy glad church praiseth,
Our strength Thy Spir’t, our trust and hope Thy grace.
Unto great honor, glory undeservèd,
Hast Thou exalted us, and drawn Thee nigh:
Nor, from Thy judgments, when our feet had swervèd,
Didst Thou forsake, nor leave us, Lord most high.
In Thee our fathers trusted, and were savèd,
In Thee destroyed the thrones of tyrants proud:
From ancient bondage freed the poor enslavèd;
To sow Thy truth poured out their saintly blood.
Us now, we pray, O God, in anger scorn not,
Nor to vainglorying leave, nor brutish sense
In time of trouble Thy face from us turn not,
Who art our Rock, our stately sure defense.
Unto our minds give freedom and uprightness;
Let strengthened courage lead o’er land and wave,
To our souls’ armor grant celestial brightness,
Joy to our hearts, and faith beyond the grave.
Our plenteous nation still in power extending,
Increase our joy, uphold us by Thy Word:
Beauty and wisdom all our ways attending,
Good will to man and peace through Christ our Lord.
*For Today*: Genesis 28:13-15; I Chronicles 7:14; Psalm 33:12;
May America raise her heart to God! May we as a nation tune our hearts to sing His praise.
Music url: The Cyber Hymnal,
and another accompaniment that matches this meter is the music to "O Perfect Love"
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