Scripture Verse

He hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure…this is all my salvation, and all my desire. 2 Samuel 23:5

Introduction

Words: Phi­lip Dodd­ridge (1702–1751). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Found­ed on Va­ri­ous Texts in the Ho­ly Scrip­tures, by Job Or­ton (Shrop­shire, Eng­land: Jo­shua Ed­dowes & John Cot­ton, 1755), num­ber 21: Sup­port in God’s co­ve­nant un­der do­mes­tic trou­bles.

Music: St. James Ralph Courte­ville, in Se­lect Psalms and Hymns for the Use of the Par­ish Church and Ta­ber­na­cle of St. James’, West­min­ster, 1696 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Philip Doddridge
1702–1751

Lyrics

My God, the covenant of Thy love
Abides for ever sure,
And in its matchless grace I feel
My happiness secure.

What though my house be not with Thee
As nature could desire?
To nobler joys, than nature gives,
Thy servants all aspire.

Since Thou, the ev­er­last­ing God,
My Fa­ther art become;
Jesus, my guardian, and my friend,
And Heav’n my final home.

I welcome all Thy sovereign will,
For all that will is love:
And, when I know not what Thou dost,
I wait the light above.

Thy covenant in the darkest gloom
Shall heav’nly rays impart,
Which, when my eyelids close in death,
Shall warm my chilling heart.