Scripture Verse

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Psalm 32:1


Isaac Watts (1674–1748)

Words: Is­aac Watts, The Psalms of Da­vid 1719. For­give­ness of sins up­on con­fes­sion.

Music: Pe­kin ar­ranged from a Ger­man cho­rale by J. E. Kings­ley, 1847 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Kings­ley’s full name, or where to get a good pic­ture of him (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


O bless­èd souls are they
Whose sins are co­vered o’er!
Divinely blest, to whom the Lord
Imputes their guilt no more!

They mourn their fol­lies past,
And keep their hearts with care;
Their lips and lives with­out de­ceit
Shall prove their faith sin­cere.

While I con­cealed my guilt,
I felt the fes­ter­ing wound,
Till I con­fessed my sins to Thee,
And rea­dy par­don found.

Let sin­ners learn to pray,
Let saints keep near the throne;
Our help in times of deep dis­tress
Is found in God alone.