Scripture Verse

When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, Thou knewest my path. In the way where I walk have they hidden a snare for me. Psalm 142:3


John Newton

Words: John New­ton, Ol­ney Hymns (Lon­don: W. Ol­iv­er, 1779), Book 3, num­ber 35. Per­plex­i­ty re­lieved.

Music: I Bring My All to Thee, se­cu­lar tune (🔊 pdf nwc).


Uncertain how the way to find
Which to sal­va­tion led;
I listened long, with anxious mind,
To hear what others said.

When some of joys and comforts told
I feared that I was wrong;
For I was stupid, dead, and cold,
Had neither joy nor song.

The Lord my laboring heart relieved,
And made my bur­den light;
Then for a moment I believed,
Supposing all was right.

Of fierce temptations others talked,
Of anguish and dismay;
Thro’ what distresses they had walked,
Before they found the way.

Ah! then I thought my hopes were vain,
For I had lived at ease;
I wished for all my fears again,
To make me more like these.

I had my wish, the Lord disclosed
The evils of my heart;
And left my naked soul exposed
To Satan’s fiery dart.

Alas! I now must give it up,
I cried in deep despair;
How could I dream of drawing hope,
From what I cannot bear!

Again my Sav­ior brought me aid,
And when He set me free,
Trust simply on My word, He said,
And leave the rest to Me.