In continuing celebration of the good news about Hannah Overton, here is a great hymn from the Anglican songbooks. The first time I heard it in church (about a year ago), it made me think of Hannah’s case in a way that raised my hair. The hymn is a bracing outburst of triumph for anyone whose faith defies earthly trials.
This hymn has been set to many different tunes; my favorite is the “Deus tuorum militum” setting, which you can hear in electronic form at cyberhymnal (but for the real thing you need to find an organist who can shake the floor while you sing it).
The Lord is King! Lift Up Thy Voice
(Josiah Conder, 1789-1855)
The Lord is King! lift up thy voice,
O earth; and all ye heavens, rejoice!
From world to world the joy shall ring,
The Lord omnipotent is King.
The Lord is King! who then shall dare
Resist his will, distrust his care,
Or murmur at his wise decrees,
Or doubt his royal promises?
The Lord is King! Child of the dust,
The Judge of the all the earth is just;
Holy and true are all his ways;
Let every creature speak his praise.
He reigns! ye saints, exalt your strains;
Your God is King, your Father reigns;
And he is at the Father’s side,
The Man of love, the Crucified.
Come, make your wants, your burdens known;
He will present them at the throne;
And angel bands are waiting there
His messages of love to bear.
One Lord, one empire, all secures;
He reigns, and life and death are yours;
Through earth and heaven one song shall ring,
‘The Lord omnipotent is King!’