Scripture Verse

O that my ways were directed to keep Thy statutes! Psalm 119:5


Isaac Watts (1674–1748)

Words: Is­aac Watts, The Psalms of Da­vid 1719. Breath­ing af­ter ho­li­ness.

Music: Al­ex­an­dria (Ar­nold) Will­iam Ar­nold, 1791 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


O that the Lord would guide my ways
To keep His sta­tutes still!
O that my God would grant me grace
To know and do His will!

O send Thy Spir­it down to write
Thy law up­on my heart!
Nor let my tongue in­dulge deceit,
Nor act the li­ar’s part.

From va­ni­ty turn off my eyes;
Let no cor­rupt de­sign,
Nor co­ve­tous de­sires, arise
Within this soul of mine.

Order my foot­steps by Thy Word,
And make my heart sin­cere;
Let sin have no do­min­ion, Lord,
But keep my con­science clear.

My soul hath gone too far as­tray,
My feet too oft­en slip;
Yet since I’ve not for­got Thy way,
Restore Thy wan­d’ring sheep.

Make me to walk in Thy com­mands,
’Tis a de­light­ful road;
Nor let my head, or heart, or hands,
Offend against my God.