Scripture Verse

Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron; Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High: Therefore He brought down their heart with labor; they fell down, and there was none to help. Psalm 107:10–12


Words: From The Psal­ter (Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia: Unit­ed Pres­by­ter­ian Board of Pub­li­ca­tion, 1912), num­ber 294.

Music: Lux Pri­ma (Gounod) Charles F. Gou­nod, 1872 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Charles F. Gounod (1818–1893)


Men who walk in folly’s way,
And to evil turn aside,
Find that sorrow will re­pay
Those who wisdom’s laws have de­fied;
Down to death’s dark por­tals led,
They abhor their daily bread.

To Je­ho­vah then they cry
In their trouble and He saves,
Sends compassionate re­ply
Gives the health their spirit craves,
Rescues them with gracious aid
From the snares their folly led.

Sons of men, awake to praise
God the Lord who reigns above,
Gracious in His works and ways,
Wondrous in redeeming love;
Let them all thank-offerings bring,
Celebrate His deeds, and sing.