Scripture Verse

What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits toward me? I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord. Psalm 116:12–13


John Newton (1725–1807)

Words: John New­ton, Ol­ney Hymns (Lon­don: W. Ol­iv­er, 1779), Book 1, num­ber 50. What shall I ren­der?

Music: Ala­me­da So­lo­mon W. Straub (1842–1899) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Straub (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


For mercies, countless as the sands
Which daily I receive
From Je­sus, my Re­deem­er’s hands,
My soul, what canst thou give?

Alas! from such a heart as mine,
What can I bring Him forth?
My best is stained and dyed with sin,
My all is nothing worth.

Yet this acknowledgement I’ll make
For all He has bestowed;
Salvation’s sacred cup I’ll take,
And call upon my God.

The best return for one like me,
So wretched and so poor;
Is from His gifts to draw a plea,
And ask Him still for more.

I cannot serve him as I ought,
No works have I to boast;
Yet would I glo­ry in the thought
That I shall owe Him most.