Scripture Verse

Preserve me, O God, for in Thee do I put my trust. Psalm 16:1


Words: Su­san H. Pe­ter­son, 1998 (pub­lic do­main).

Music: More­cambe Fred­er­ick C. At­kin­son, 1870 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

Susan H. Peterson (1950–2004)


God, keep me safe; in You I re­fuge take.
You are my Lord; I have no good else­where.
The hearts of all idol­aters will ache;
In all their sac­ri­fices I’ll not share.

Lord, my in­he­ri­tance You have as­signed;
You guard what’s mine and make me feel secure.
Your boun­da­ry lines are plea­sant to my mind;
Your fu­ture bless­ings will bring joy for sure.

Lord, I will praise You for Your coun­sel wise;
Even at night my heart tells me Your way.
I’ll al­ways set You first be­fore my eyes;
You’re right be­side me; I won’t be afraid.

My heart is glad; my tongue re­joic­es e’er;
I know You will not leave me when I die.
The path of life to me You will de­clare;
You’ll fill me with eter­nal joy on high.