Scripture Verse

God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24

Introduction

Words: John Need­ham, Hymns De­vo­tion­al and Mor­al on Var­i­ous Sub­jects (Bris­tol, Eng­land: S. Far­ley, 1768), num­ber 8.

Music: De­Pauw Ro­bert G. Mc­Cutch­an, 1930 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Need­ham (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
Robert G. McCutchan
(1877–1958)

Lyrics

Thou art, O God! a Spirit pure,
Invisible to mortal eyes;
Th’immortal, and th’eternal King,
The great, the good, the only wise.

Whilst nature changes, and her works
Corrupt, decay, dissolve and die,
Thy essence pure no change shall see,
Secure of immortality.

Thou great invisible! what hand
Can draw Thy image spotless fair?
To what in Heaven, to what on earth
Can men th’immortal King compare?

Let stupid heathens frame their gods
Of gold and silver, wood and stone;
Ours is the God that made the heavens,
Jehovah He, and God alone.

My soul, Thy purest homage pay,
In truth and spirit Him adore;
More shall this please than sacrifice,
Than outward forms delight Him more.