Scripture Verse

David said, The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine. 1 Samuel 17:37

Introduction

portrait
William Cowper
1731–1800

Words: Will­iam Cow­per, Ol­ney Hymns (Lon­don: W. Ol­iv­er, 1779), Book 1, num­ber 17.

Music: Christ Church Charles H. Steg­gall, 1865 (🔊 pdf nwc).

illustration
David Meeting Goliath
Hurlbut’s Story
of the Bible
, 1902

Lyrics

By whom was Da­vid taught
To aim the dead­ly blow,
When he Go­li­ath fought,
And laid the Git­tite low?
Nor sword nor spear the strip­ling took,
But chose a peb­ble from the brook.

’Twas Is­ra­el’s God and king
Who sent him to the fight;
Who gave him strength to fling,
And skill to aim aright.
Ye fee­ble saints, your strength en­dures,
Because young Da­vid’s God is yours.

Who or­dered Gi­de­on forth,
To storm th’in­vad­ers’ camp
With arms of lit­tle worth,
A pit­cher and a lamp?
The trum­pets made His com­ing known
And all the host was ov­er­thrown.

Oh! I have seen the day,
When with a sin­gle word,
God help­ing me to say,
My trust is in the Lord,
My soul hath quelled a thou­sand foes
Fearless of all that could op­pose.

But un­be­lief, self will,
Self right­eous­ness, and pride,
How oft­en do they steal
My wea­pon from my side!
Yet Da­vid’s Lord, and Gi­de­on’s friend,
Will help His ser­vant to the end.