Scripture Verse

The Lord is my light and my salvation. Psalm 27:1


Henry W. Beecher (1813–1887)

Words: From The Psal­ter (Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia: Unit­ed Pres­by­ter­ian Board of Pub­li­ca­tion, 1912), num­ber 71.

Music: Mil­len­ni­um from the Ply­mouth Col­lect­ion, by Hen­ry W. Beech­er, 1855 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:


Jehovah is my light,
And my sal­va­tion near;
Who shall my soul af­fright,
Or cause my heart to fear?
While God my strength, my life sus­tains,
Secure from fear my soul re­mains.

When ev­il­do­ers came
To make my life their prey,
They stum­bled in their shame
And fell in sore dis­may;
Though hosts make war on ev­ery side,
Still fear­less I in God con­fide.

My one re­quest has been,
And still this pray­er I raise,
That I may dwell with­in
God’s house through all my days,
Jehovah’s beau­ty to ad­mire,
And in His tem­ple to in­quire.

When trou­bles round me swell,
When fears and dan­gers throng,
Securely I will dwell
In His pa­vil­ion strong;
Within the co­vert of His tent
He hides me till the storm is spent.

Uplifted on a rock
Above my foes around,
Amid the bat­tle shock
My song shall still re­sound;
Then joy­ful of­fer­ings I will bring
Jehovah’s praise my heart shall sing.