Scripture Verse

The God of my rock; in Him will I trust: He is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my Savior; Thou savest me from violence. 2 Samuel 22:3


Words: Ben­ja­min Bed­dome (1717–1795). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Adapt­ed to Pub­lic Wor­ship (Lon­don: Bu­rton & Briggs, 1818), num­ber 746. Safe­ty amidst pub­lic dan­ger.

Music: Hes­per­us Hen­ry Bak­er, 1854. First pub­lished in A Hym­nal for Use in the Eng­lish Church, by John Grey, 1866 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Bed­dome or Bak­er (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Come, hum­ble souls, and place your trust
In God, the faith­ful, wise and just;
His pro­mises will He ful­fill,
To all who love and do His will.

When wrath o’er­whelms a guil­ty land,
His cov’nant truth shall firm­ly stand,
A sure re­treat, a strong de­fense,
Nor shall you e’er be driv­en thence.

You He’ll in per­fect safe­ty keep,
Amongst the num­ber of His sheep;
Or if in pub­lic griefs you share,
His hand will still the faith­ful spare.