This Is the Day the Lord Has Made

Words:CM • Isaac Watts (1719), alt.; based on Psalm 118
Music:ARLINGTON • Thomas A. Arne (1762), arr. Ralph Harrison (1784), with historical influences



This is the day the Lord has made,
  He calls the hours his own;
Let heav’n rejoice, let earth be glad,
  And praise surround the throne.


Today He rose and left the dead,
  And Satan’s empire fell;
Today the saints His triumph spread,
  And all His wonders tell.


Hosanna to th’ anointed King,
  To David’s holy Son!
Help us, O Lord! Descend and bring
  Salvation from Your throne.


Blest be the Lord who comes to men
  With messages of grace;
Who comes in God His Father’s name
  To save our sinful race.


Hosanna in the highest strains
  The church on earth can raise;
The highest heav’ns in which He reigns
  Shall give Him nobler praise!

Compared to Hymnals

  No. Words Music
Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs n/a
Songs for Worship and Praise n/a
Songs of Faith and Praise n/a
Praise for the Lord 695 Lacks vs 5;
Uses original archaic English
Notated in 3/2 instead of 3/4
Hymns for Worship (Revised) n/a
Songs of the Church n/a
Sacred Selections n/a
Great Songs of the Church No. 2 n/a
Christian Hymns No. 2 n/a





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Through [Jesus] let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge His name.
— Hebrews 13:15