Scripture Verse

Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them. The entrance of Thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. Psalm 119:129–130


Words: From The Psal­ter (Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia: Unit­ed Pres­by­ter­ian Board of Pub­li­ca­tion, 1912), num­ber 337.

Music: Brook­field Tho­mas B. South­gate, 1855 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

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


Thy won­drous tes­ti­mo­nies, Lord,
My soul will keep and great­ly praise;
Thy Word, by faith­ful lips pro­claimed,
To simp­lest minds the truth con­veys.

I thirst for Thy com­mand­ments, Lord,
And for Thy mer­cy press my claim;
O look on me, and show the grace
Displayed to all who love Thy name.

Direct my foot­steps in Thy Word,
From sin’s do­min­ion save my soul,
From man’s op­press­ion set me free,
That I may yield to Thy con­trol.

O make Thy face to shine on me,
And teach me all Thy laws to keep;
Because Thy sta­tutes are des­pised,
With ov­er­whelm­ing grief I weep.