Scripture Verse

The secret place of the most High. Psalm 91:1


Isaac Watts (1674–1748)

Words: Is­aac Watts, Ser­mons 1721–27.

Music: Mear, old Eng­lish tune. Ar­ranged by Aar­on Will­iams, 1762 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


O that I knew the secret place
Where I might find my God!
I’d spread my wants before His face,
And pour my woes abroad.

I’d tell Him how my sins arise;
What sorrows I sustain;
How grace decays, and comfort dies,
And leaves my heart in pain.

He knows what arguments I’d take
To wrestle with my God;
I’d plead for His own mercy’s sake
And for my Sav­ior’s blood.

Arise, my soul, from deep distress,
And banish every fear;
He calls Thee to His throne of grace,
To spread Thy sorrows there.