To God be the glory, great things he has done!
So loved he the world that he gave us his Son,
who yielded his life an atonement for sin,
and opened the life gate that we may go in.

Refrain:
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
let the earth hear his voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father thro’ Jesus the Son,
and give him the glory, great things he has done!

O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood!
To ev’ry believer the promise of God;
the vilest offender who truly believes,
that moment from Jesus forgiveness receives. [Refrain]

Great things he has taught us, great things he has done,
and great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
but purer and higher and greater will be
our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see. [Refrain]

While the stanza-refrain style of this text clearly participates in the gospel song idiom, it differs significantly from that genre in its content. Rather than being a narrative of personal testimony or subjective experience, this is a remarkably objective celebration of God’s saving work in Jesus Christ. Some of this greater sense of depth and breadth derives from the biblical allusions. In its first publication, for example, it appeared with a quotation from Job 5:9, (“Who doeth great things”) under the title. There is a distinctly psalm-like quality to the first two lines of the refrain, even though they do not exactly quote a biblical passage.
Glory to God: A Companion, Carl P. Daw, Jr.

You can hear this hymn sung at Kenilworth Union here.