Scripture Verse

Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto Thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalm 61:1–2


Words: From The Psal­ter (Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia: Unit­ed Pres­by­ter­ian Board of Pub­li­ca­tion, 1912), num­ber 160.

Music: Ha­ven (Hast­ings) Tho­mas Hast­ings (1784–1872) (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know when the mu­sic was writ­ten,

Thomas Hastings (1784–1872)


O God, give ear unto my cry,
And to my voice attend;
Though far from home and from Thy house,
To Thee my prayers as­cend.

When troubles overwhelm my heart,
Then Thou wilt hear my cry;
For safety lead me to the Rock
That higher is than I.

A refuge Thou hast been for me
When storms of trouble lower;
When foes assail, then Thou hast been
My strong defense and tower.

Within Thy holy temple, Lord,
I ever will abide;
Beneath the covert of Thy wings
In confidence I hide.