Shout for joy to God, our source of strength,
In our distress we called, and he reached down;
He welcomes all to refuge in his tent,
By him the lonely heart is loved and known.
God will not overlook the one who hates —
To he who loves, God shows his love in return;
But enemies will be shut outside his gates,
For spoilers of his grace the Lord will spurn.
God saves the diligent seekers, those who know
That he rewards believers who obey;
I want to be among these saints and grow
in grace and knowledge, to walk the holy way
Until the very end. Eternal life
Is all — yes, all — I want — the joy of God;
To see his face and hear his welcoming laugh
Will be, for me, the ultimate good.