Scripture Verse

Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. But Thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. Psalm 3:2–3

Introduction

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James Montgomery
1771–1854

Words: James Mont­go­me­ry, Songs of Zi­on (Lon­don: Long­man, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, 1822).

Music: Old Sax­ony Ger­man cho­rale. Har­mon­ized by Will­iam H. Hav­er­gal (1793–1870) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

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William H. Havergal
1793–1870

Lyrics

The tempter to my soul hath said,
There is no help in God for thee;
Lord, lift Thou up Thy servant’s head;
My glory, shield, and solace be.

Thus to the Lord I raised my cry,
He heard me from His holy hill;
At His command the waves rolled by;
He beckoned, and the winds were still.

I laid me down, and slept—I woke;
Thou, Lord, my spirit didst sustain;
Bright from the east the morning broke,
Thy comforts rose on me again.

I will not fear, though armèd throngs
Compass my steps in all their wrath;
Salvation to the Lord belongs;
His presence guards His people’s path.