Scripture Verse

Stablish Thy word unto Thy servant, who is devoted to Thy fear. Psalm 119:38

Introduction

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Thomas Haweis
(1734–1820)

Words: Is­aac Watts, The Psalms of Da­vid 1719. Plead­ing the pro­mis­es.

Music: Rich­mond (Ha­weis) Tho­mas Ha­weis, Car­mi­na Chris­to 1792 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

  • Bradnor, Lo­well Ma­son, in Car­mi­na Sac­ra (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: John H. Wil­kins & Ri­chard B. Car­ter, 1841), page 123 (🔊 pdf nwc)
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Isaac Watts
(1674–1748)

Lyrics

Behold Thy waiting servant, Lord,
Devoted to Thy fear;
Remember and confirm Thy word,
For all my hopes are there.

Hast Thou not writ salvation down,
And promised quickening grace?
Doth not my heart address Thy throne?
And yet Thy love delays.

Mine eyes for Thy salvation fail;
O bear Thy servant up;
Nor let the scoffing lips prevail,
Who dare reproach my hope.

Didst Thou not raise my faith, O Lord?
Then let Thy truth appear:
Saints shall rejoice in my reward,
And trust as well as fear.