Scripture Verse

Early will I seek Thee: my soul thirsteth for Thee, my flesh longeth for Thee in a dry and thirsty land. Psalm 63:1


Words: From The Psal­ter (Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia: Unit­ed Pres­by­ter­ian Board of Pub­li­ca­tion, 1912), num­ber 163.

Music: Stra­cath­ro Charles Hut­che­son, 1832 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Hut­che­son (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


O Lord, my God, most ear­nest­ly
My heart would seek Thy face,
Within Thy ho­ly house once more
To see Thy glo­ri­ous grace.

Apart from Thee I long and thirst,
And naught can sa­tis­fy;
I wan­der in a de­sert land
Where all the streams are dry.

The lov­ing-kind­ness of my God
Is more than life to me;
So I will bless Thee while I live
And lift my pray­er to Thee.

In Thee my soul is sa­tis­fied,
My dark­ness turns to light;
And joy­ful me­di­ta­tions fill
The watch­es of the night.

My Sav­ior, ’neath Thy shel­ter­ing wings
My soul de­lights to dwell;
Still clos­er to Thy side I press,
For near Thee all is well.

My soul shall con­quer ev­ery foe,
Upholden by Thy hand;
Thy peo­ple shall re­joice in God,
Thy saints in glo­ry stand.