Scripture Verse

Let my prayer be set forth before Thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. Psalm 141:2

Introduction

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Isaac Watts
(1674–1748)

Words: Is­aac Watts, The Psalms of Da­vid 1719. A morn­ing or ev­en­ing psalm.

Music: Dar­ley The Pres­by­ter­i­an Hym­nal (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Pres­by­ter­i­an Board of Pub­li­ca­tion, 1874), page 16 (🔊 pdf nwc) (re­peats last line of each verse).

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Lyrics

My God, accept my early vows,
Like morning incense in Thine house;
And let my nightly worship rise
Sweet as the evening sacrifice.

Watch o’er my lips, and guard them, Lord,
From every rash and heedless word;
Nor let my feet incline to tread
The guilty path where sinners lead.

O may the righteous, when I stray,
Smite, and reprove my wandering way!
Their gentle words, like ointment shed,
Shall never bruise, but cheer my head.

When I behold them pressed with grief,
I’ll cry to Heav’n for their relief;
And by my warm petitions prove
How much I prize their faithful love.