Worship past and worship present,
worship that is yet to be,
is the blessed invitation
now and through eternity,
for all beings in creation
to engage in adoration
as their holy occupation.
Once upon a time eternal,
long before our world was born,
when there were no heav'ns supernal
or an earth to see a morn,
still, God's praises boldly sounded
and the universe resounded;
on God's praise all heav'n was founded.
Beings of this present moment,
join the chorus of the past;
lend your praise for Christ's atonement,
give your voice to what will last.
For the worship now ongoing
which the praise of Christ is showing,
must arise to overflowing.
Then when Christ will come in glory
and his kingdom reign begins,
praise will be our endless story
for God's pleasure lies therein.
Then the sound of every nation,
needing no interpretation,
swells in grand accumulation,