Scripture Verse

O Lord…I hide myself in Thee. Psalm 143:9


William O. Cushing

Words: Will­iam O. Cush­ing, 1876.

Music: Ira D. San­key, 1877 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

Ira D. Sankey

Origin of the Hymn

Hiding in Thee was writ­ten in Mo­ra­via, New York, in 1876, writes Mr. Cush­ing.

It must be said of this hymn that it was the out­growth of ma­ny tears, ma­ny heart-con­flicts and soul yearn­ings, of which the world can know noth­ing. The his­to­ry of ma­ny bat­tles is be­hind it.

But the oc­ca­sion which gave it be­ing was the call of Mr. San­key. He said, Send me some­thing new to help me in my Gos­pel work. A call from such a source, and for such a pur­pose, seemed a call from God.

I so re­gard­ed it, and prayed: Lord, give me some­thing that may glor­i­fy Thee. It was while thus wait­ing that Hiding in Thee pressed to make it­self known. Mr. San­key called forth the tune, and by his gen­i­us gave the hymn wings, mak­ing it use­ful in the Mas­ter’s work.

Sankey, p. 149


O safe to the Rock that is higher than I,
My soul in its conflicts and sorrows would fly;
So sinful, so weary, Thine, Thine, would I be;
Thou blest Rock of Ages, I’m hiding in Thee.


Hiding in Thee, hiding in Thee,
Thou blest Rock of Ages, I’m hiding in Thee.

In the calm of the noontide, in sorrow’s lone hour,
In times when temptation casts o’er me its power;
In the tempests of life, on its wide, heaving sea,
Thou blest Rock of Ages, I’m hiding in Thee.


How oft in the conflict, when pressed by the foe,
I have fled to my refuge and breathed out my woe;
How often, when trials like sea billows roll,
Have I hidden in Thee, O Thou rock of my soul.