”O Lord, my God, You are very great; You are clothed with honor and majesty.” (Psalm 104:1)
One of our most beloved hymns, “O Worship the King”, was written when Sir Robert Grant was studying Psalm 104. Sir Robert grew up in a wealthy home in England around the time of the Revolutionary war, surrounded by power, politics, and privilege. In the early 1830’s, as he studied this Psalm, he began comparing God’s majesty and power with that of earthy kings, and from his pen spilled the lyrics to this incredible hymn, describing the glory, grace, and splendor of the King of kings.
Recently I had a friend ask me if I had a favorite hymn. I replied that I loved so many of them, there was no way I could choose just one. “But,” I said, “I do have a favorite line.” It is the last line of “O Worship the King”, a line that encompasses everything that God is, everything that He has done, and how amazing it is that I can still have a relationship with Him: “Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend!”