Scripture Verse

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord. Psalm 37:23

Introduction

Words: From The Psal­ter (Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia: Unit­ed Pres­by­ter­i­an Board of Pub­li­ca­tion, 1912), num­ber 101.

Music: Downs Lo­well Ma­son, 1832 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lowell Mason
(1792–1872)

Lyrics

The steps of those whom He approves
Are ordered by the Lord;
And though they fall, held by His hand,
They yet shall be restored.

I have not seen, though since my youth
Full many years have fled,
The saint forsaken, nor beheld
His children begging bread.

The children of the merciful
Find blessings kept in store;
Depart from evil and do good,
And live forevermore.

Wait on the Lord and keep His way,
And then, by Him approved,
Thy heritage shall still remain
When sinners are removed.

Mark well the perfect, upright man,
As still his years increase;
Behold his life, and thou shalt see
His journey end in peace.