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