Scripture Verse

I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat. Exodus 25:22


William H. Bathurst

Words: Will­iam H. Bat­hurst, in Psalms and Hymns for Pub­lic Wor­ship (Lon­don: Ford & Jack­son, 1841).

Music: Bi­shop­thorpe Jer­e­mi­ah Clarke, 1700 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Jeremiah Clarke
ca. 1659–1707


Before Thy mercy seat, O Lord,
Behold, Thy servants stand,
To ask the knowledge of Thy Word,
The guidance of Thy hand.

Let Thy eternal truths, we pray,
Dwell richly in each heart;
That from the safe and narrow way
We never may depart.

Lord, from Thy Word remove the seal,
Unfold its hidden store,
And as we read, teach us to feel
Its value more and more.

Help us to see a Savior’s love
Shine forth from every page,
And let the thoughts of joys above
Our inmost souls engage.

Thus, while Thy Word our footsteps guides,
Shall we be truly blest,
And soon arrive where love provides
An everlasting rest.