A HYMN FOR TODAY – Thou Art Merciful, O Father


Thou art merciful, O Father,
Full of pity, love and grace;
Thou wilt not forever chasten,
Nor in anger hide Thy face.
High as heaven, vast and boundless,
Hath Thy lovingkindness been;
Far as east from west is distant
Hast Thou put away our sin.

Like a Father’s tender pity
Is God’s mercy toward His own;
For He knows our frame, rememb’ring
We are dust, our days soon gone.
Like a flower, blooming, fading,
Like the grass, we pass away;
But God’s righteousness and mercy
On His children rest alway.

In the heavens, well established,
Is His universal throne;
For His kingdom ruleth ever,
And His sway all kings shall own.
Bless Jehovah, ye His angels,
Bless Him, hosts of His control,
Bless Jehovah, all His creatures,
Bless Jehovah, O my soul! – Elmer L. Jorgenson, 1921

From Psalm 103:8-22

Tune: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1778
arr. Elmer L. Jorgenson, 1921

#28 in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, 2012


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