Scripture Verse

O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Psalm 84:8


Words: From The Psal­ter (Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia: Unit­ed Pres­by­te­ri­an Board of Pub­li­ca­tion, 1912), num­ber 226.

Music: Au­di­te Au­di­en­tes Me Ar­thur S. Sul­li­van, 1875 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Arthur S. Sullivan (1842–1900)


O Lord of hosts, to Thee I cry,
Our fathers’ God, to Thee;
Let my petition reach Thine ear,
My prayer accepted be.
O God our shield, look Thou on us,
Reveal Thy­self in grace,
And let Thine own anointed one
Behold Thee face to face.

A single day within Thy courts,
Where I Thy beauty see,
Is better than a thousand days,
My God, apart from Thee.
A lowly station in Thy house
Were dearer to my heart
Than in the tents of wickedness
To claim the chiefest part.

A sun and shield is God, the Lord,
To lighten and defend;
The Lord to such as look to Him
Will grace and glo­ry send.
To those that walk in right­eous­ness
No good will He deny.
O Lord of hosts, how blest are they
Who on Thy grace rely!