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Shout with joy to God, all nations

Shout with joy to God, all nations,
sing the glory of his name;
praise with loudest acclamations!
His tremendous deeds proclaim!
All his foes in fear and trembling
bow beneath his mighty arm,
while all earth with joy assembling
sounds his praise in song and psalm.

2. Come and see, with awe and wonder,
see displayed the power of God:
as he held the waves asunder,
Israel crossed the sea dry-shod;
praise him, then, with jubilation,
who for ever rules by might,
keeping watch lest any nation
dare contest his sovereign right.

3. Praise him, who has stood beside us
and not let our footsteps slide!
In the fires of life you tried us
till, like silver, purified:
you sent fierce affliction to us,
conquerors trampled on our head,
yet through flame and flood you drew us
and to peace and freedom led.

4. What thank-offering shall I render,
my most solemn vows to pay,
made to you, my strong defender,
when I faced the evil day?
Here I offer on your altar
all I am and have and do;
may my purpose never falter,
all my life be spent for you.

5. Come and listen, all who fear him,
hear what God has done for me:
with my praises I drew near him
and poured out my urgent plea;
had I cherished sin within me,
God would not have heard my prayer –
praise him for the answer given me
in his gracious love and care.

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