Scripture Verse

I will never forget Thy precepts, for with them Thou hast quickened me. Psalm 119:93


Isaac Watts (1674–1748)

Words: Is­aac Watts, The Psalms of Da­vid 1719.

Music: St. Mag­nus at­trib­ut­ed to Je­re­mi­ah Clarke, in The Di­vine Com­pan­ion, se­cond edi­tion, by Hen­ry Play­ford (Lon­don: 1707). Har­mo­ny by Will­iam H. Monk, 1868 (🔊 pdf nwc).

William H. Monk (1823–1889)


O that Thy sta­tutes ev­ery hour
Might dwell up­on my mind!
Thence I de­rive a quick­en­ing pow­er
And dai­ly peace I find.

To me­di­tate Thy pre­cepts, Lord,
Shall be my sweet em­ploy;
My soul shall ne’er for­get Thy Word;
Thy Word is all my joy.

How would I run in Thy com­mands
If Thou my heart dis­charge
From sin and Sa­tan’s hate­ful chains,
And set my feet at large!

My lips with cour­age shall de­clare
Thy sta­tutes and Thy name;
I’ll speak Thy Word, tho’ kings should hear,
Nor yield to sin­ful shame.

Let bands of per­se­cut­ors rise
To rob me of my right;
Let pride and ma­lice forge their lies,
Thy law is my de­light.

Depart from me, ye wick­ed race,
Whose hands and hearts are ill;
I love my God, I love His ways,
And must ob­ey His will.