God I worship you;
You are the King eternal, immortal, invisible. Before the mountains were brought forth, or before You had ever formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting You are God; the same yesterday, today, and forever. Of old You have laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the works of your hands: they shall perish, but You shall endure; yes, all of them shall wax old like a garment, as a cloak shall You change them, and they shall be changed; but You are the same, and Your years shall have no end. You are God and do not change, therefore we are not consumed.
You are a God at hand, and a God afar off; none can hide himself in secret places that You cannot see him, for You fill heaven and earth. You are not far from every one of us. We cannot go away from Your presence, or fly from Your Spirit. If we ascend into heaven, You are there. If we make our bed in hell, in the depths of the earth, behold You are there. If we take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there shall your hand lead us, and your right hand shall hold us, that we cannot out-run You.
All things are naked and open before your eyes, even the thoughts and intents of the heart. Your eyes are in every place beholding the evil and the good: they run back and forth through the earth, that You may show yourself strong on the behalf of those whose hearts are upright with You. You search the heart, and try the reins, that You may give to every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. O God, You have searched us, and known us, You know our sitting down and our rising up, and understand our thoughts afar off. You encompass our path and our lying-down, and are acquainted with all our ways: there is not a word in our tongue, but O Lord, You know it altogether. Such knowledge is too wonderful for us, it is high, we cannot attain unto it. Darkness and light are both alike to You.
You are wonderful in counsel, excellent in working, wise in heart, and mighty in strength. O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom, You have made them all; all according to the counsel of your own will. O the depth of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are your judgments, and your ways past finding out.
In your hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind. Your dominion is an everlasting dominion, and your kingdom is from generation to generation. You do according to your will in the armies of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth, and none can stay your hand, or say to You, What do You do, or why do You do so?
You are holy, O You that inhabit the praises of Israel; holy and reverent is Your name; and we give thanks at the remembrance of Your holiness. You are holy in all Your works, and holiness befits Your house, O Lord, forever. Righteous are You, O God, when we plead with You; and You will be justified when You speak, and clear when You judge. Your righteousness is as the great mountains, even Your judgments are of great depth. Though clouds and darkness are around about You, yet judgment and justice are the habitation of Your throne.
You are good, and Your mercy endures forever. Your loving kindness is great towards us, and Your truth endures to all generations. You have proclaimed Your name. The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, slow to anger, abundant in goodness and truth: keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity, transgression and sin. T his name of Yours is our strong tower. You are good, and do good; good to all, and your tender mercy is over all Your works. Truly, God is in a special manner good to Israel, and even to them that are of a clean heart.
You have prepared Your throne in the heavens; and it is a throne of glory, high and lifted up; and before You the seraphim’s cover their faces. It is in compassion to us that You hold back the face of that throne, and spread a cloud upon it. You make Your angel’s spirits and Your ministers a flame of fire. Thousand times thousands of them minister to You, and ten thousand times ten thousand stand before You, to do your pleasure.
You are worthy, O Lord, to receive blessing, and honor, and glory, and power; for You have created all things, for Your pleasure, and for Your praise, they are and were created. We worship You that made the heaven and the earth, the sea and the fountains of water; who spoke, and it was done. You who commanded, and it stood fast; who said, let there be light, and there was light; let there be a firmament, and he made the firmament; and he made all very good; and they continue to stand even to this day according to your ordinance, for all are Your servants. The day is Yours, the night also is Yours; You have prepared the light and the sun. You have set all the borders of the earth, You have made the summer and winter. You uphold all things by the word of Your power, and by You all things consist.
The earth is full of Your riches, so is the great and wide sea. The eyes of all wait upon You, and You give them their meat in due season. You open Your hand, and satisfy the desires of every living thing. You preserve man and beast, and give food to all flesh. You, even You are Lord alone; You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all things that are within, the sea and all that is there, and You preserve them all. You are the host of heaven, all the heavenly beings worship You. You are the King, You reign over Your kingdom and rule over all. Even a sparrow shall not fall to the ground without You there.
You made man in the first days of the earth, You made him from the dust of the ground, and breathed into him the breath of life, and so he became a living soul. You have made of that one blood, all nations of men, to dwell on all the face of the earth, and have determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation. You are the Most High who rules in the kingdom of men, and give it to whomsoever You will: for from You every man’s judgment proceeds. Hallelujah, the Lord God omnipotent reigns, and does all according to the counsel of Your own will, to the praise of Your own glory. Amen
Book: The Bible Manual
Author: W. W. Everts (Pastor of Laight Street Church, New York)
Publisher: New York: Lewis Colby & Co. 1846
Revised by: Karrol Sneed 2013