Scripture Verse

I will delight myself in Thy statutes: I will not forget Thy word. Psalm 119:16


Edward Miller
National Portrait Gallery


Words: Ben­ja­min Bed­dome (1717–1795). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Adapt­ed to Pub­lic Wor­ship, ed­it­ed by R. Hall (Lon­don: Bur­ton & Briggs, 1817), num­ber 691, alt. De­light­ing in the Word.

Music: Rock­ing­ham (Mill­er) Karl P. E. Bach (1714–1788). Ar­ranged by Ed­ward Mill­er, 1790 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


More joy than earth can e’er afford,
Is found in God’s delightful Word;
Be it my study night and day,
My guide through all the lonely way.

Clothed with a majesty divine,
Its doctrines and its precepts shine;
Unbounded wisdom, truth and grace,
Appear in all its promises.

’Tis here the Lord, as in a glass,
Displays the glories of His face;
He stoops from His imperial throne
And makes His great salvation known.

Then be His Word to all addressed;
Know that it makes us wise and blessed,
Till all the earth shall own His name,
And all His boundless love proclaim.