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Sweet is the work, my God, my king,

PSALM XCII. First part.
A psalm for the Lord’s day.

Poet: Isaac Watts, 1719
Meter: Long Meter (8,8,8,8)
Location in The Sacred Harp
Stanza Denson Cooper
1
Sweet is the work, my God, my king,
To praise thy name, give thanks and sing;
To shew thy love by morning light,
And talk to all thy truth at night.



2
Sweet is the day of sacred rest,
No mortal cares shall seize by breast,
O may my heart in tune be found
Like David’s harp of solemn sound.


Devotion 48t, Stanza 1

Devotion 48t, Stanza 1
3
My heart shall triumph in my Lord,
And bless his works and bless his word;
Thy works of grace how bright thy shine!
How deep thy counsels! how divine!



4
Fools never raise their thoughts so high;
Like brutes they live, like brutes they die;
Like grass they flourish, till thy breath
Blast them in everlasting death.



5
But I shall share a glorious part
When grace hat well refin’d my heart,
And fresh supplies of joy are shed
Like holy oil to chear my head.


Devotion 48t, Stanza 2

Devotion 48t, Stanza 2
6
Sin (my worst enemy before)
Shall vex my eyes and ears no more;
My inward foes shall all be slain,
Nor Satan break my peace again.



7
Then shall I see, and hear, and know
All I desir’d or wish’d below?
And ev’ry pow’r find sweet employ
In that eternal world of joy.


Devotion 48t, Stanza 3

Devotion 48t, Stanza 3

Watts, Isaac. The Psalms of David: Imitated in the Language of the New Testament, and applied to the Christian State and Worship. 22nd ed. London: T. Longman et. al., 1769.