Scripture Verse

I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together. I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:1–4


Susan H. Peterson (1950–2004)

Words: Adapt­ed from Su­san H. Pe­ter­son, 2000 (pub­lic do­main).

Music: Christ­mas Song Karl P. Har­ring­ton, 1904 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Karl P. Harrington (1861–1953)


I ex­tol you, O Lord,
Hear the prais­es I voice;
As I boast in my God,
O you trou­bled, re­joice.
Come and glo­ri­fy Him
And ex­alt His great name:
He de­liv­ers from guilt
And re­moves all our shame.

Those who look to the Lord
Shine with ra­di­ant light,
For He hears ev­ery cry,
And He saves from each plight;
And the angel of God
Camps around those who fear:
Taste and see, God is good—
He will dry ev­ery tear.

O how bless­èd are they
Who take re­fuge in God.
Fear the Lord, you His saints,
And you’ll ne­ver lack good.
If you love life and wish
To see ma­ny good days,
Turn from ev­il, do good,
Seek the peace of God’s ways.

For the eyes of the Lord
On the right­eous do stay,
And His ear hears their cry;
He’s at­tent­ive al­ways.
But the face of the Lord
Is against ev­il men.
They’ll be cut off; no me­mo­ry
Of them will re­main.

When the right­eous cry out,
The Lord hears ev­ery pray­er.
He de­liv­ers them from all
Their trou­ble and care.
For the Lord e’er is close
To the brok­en in heart,
And He saves all whose spir­its
Are crushed by their lot.

Though the right­eous may have
Every trou­ble and grief,
God de­liv­ers from all,
Gives pro­tect­ion, re­lief.
All the foes of the right­eous
He’ll sure­ly con­demn,
But the Lord re­deems all
Who take re­fuge in Him.