From Psalm 104 was this hymn adapted. Written by Robert Grant (1779-1838). The original lyrics of the hymn are as follows. And beneath those five stanzas are the lyrics to Chris Tomlin’s updated and modernized song “O Worship the King.”
O worship the King, all glorious above,
O gratefully sing his pow’r and his love;
Our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days,
Pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise.
O tell of His might, O sing of His grace,
Whose robe is the light, whose canopy space;
His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form,
And dark is His path on the wings of the storm.
The earth with its store of wonders untold,
Almighty, Thy pow’r hath founded of old,
Hath stablished it fast by changeless decree,
And round it hath cast, like mantle, the sea.
Thy bountiful care, what tongue can recite?
It breathes in the air, it shines in the light;
It streams from the hills, it decends to the plain,
and sweetly distills in the dew and the rain.
Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
In Thee do we trust, nor find Thee to fail;
Thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end,
Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend.
Chris Tomlin’s remake goes like this:
O worship the King, all glorious above
O gratefully sing His wonderful love
Our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days
Pavilioned in splendor and girded with praise
O tell of His might, O sing of His grace
Whose robe is the light and canopy space
His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form
And dark is His path on the wings of the storm
You alone are the Matchless King
To You alone be all majesty
Your glories and wonders. what tongue can recite?
You breathe in the air, You shine in the light
O measureless might, ineffable love
While angels delight to worship above
Thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end
Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend
Whether you sing the old version or updated version, both are beneficial in reminding us of the glory of Christ our King!