Scripture Verse

Teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. Psalm 90:12

Introduction

Words: From The Psal­ter (Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia: Unit­ed Pres­by­ter­i­an Board of Pub­li­ca­tion, 1912), num­ber 246.

Music: Sands Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick, 1901 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William J. Kirkpatrick
(1838–1921)

Lyrics

O teach Thou us to count our days
And set our hearts on wisdom’s ways;
Turn, Lord, to us in our distress,
In pity now Thy servants bless;
Let mercy’s dawn dispel our night,
And all our day with joy be bright,
And all our day with joy be bright.

O send the day of joy and light,
For long has been our sorrow’s night;
Afflicted through the weary years,
We wait until Thy help appears;
With us and with our sons abide,
In us let God be glorified,
In us let God be glorified.

So let there be on us bestowed
The beauty of the Lord our God;
The work accomplished by our hand
Establish Thou, and make it stand;
Yea, let our hopeful labor be
Established evermore by Thee,
Established evermore by Thee.