1 Thy mercy and thy truth, O Lord,
transcend the lofty sky;
thy judgments are a mighty deep,
and as the mountains high.
2 Lord, all thy creatures thou wilt save.
Since thou art ever kind,
beneath the shadow of thy wings
we may a refuge find.
3 With the abundance of thy house
we shall be satisfied;
from rivers of unfailing joy
our thirst shall be supplied.
4 The fountain of eternal life
is found alone with thee.
And in the brightness of thy light
we clearly light shall see.
5 From those that know thee, may thy love
and mercy ne'er depart,
and may thy justice still protect
and bless the upright heart.
|First Line:||Thy mercy and thy truth, O Lord|
|Title:||Thy Mercy and Thy Truth, O Lord (Psalm 36)|
|Scripture:||Psalm 36; Psalm 33:4-5|
|Topic:||Baptism; Care of Creation; Eternal Life3 more...|
|Source:||The New Metrical Version of the Psalms, 1909, alt.|
|Composer:||Thomas Tallis (1567 c., alt.)|
|Notes:||(this tune in a lower key, 776)|
These five stanzas celebrating God’s merciful care for all creation correspond to Psalm 36:5–10 and were prepared by a joint committee of nine North American churches in the Reformed tradition. They are set here to a simple but memorable tune from the mid-16th century.