Scripture Verse

The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? Psalm 118:6


John Newton (1725–1807)

Words: John New­ton, in the Gos­pel Ma­ga­zine, June 1771. The or­ig­in­al was head­ed with In uno Je­su om­nia, and signed Omi­cron.

Music: St. Aidan Fran­cis R. Grey, in The Pri­mi­tive Me­tho­dist Hym­nal, ed­it­ed by George Booth (Lon­don: Pri­mi­tive Me­tho­dist Pub­lish­ing House, 1889), num­ber 199 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

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


Why should I fear the dark­est hour,
Or trem­ble at the tempt­er’s pow­er?
Jesus vouch­safes to be my tow­er.

When crea­ture com­forts fade and die,
Worldlings may weep, but why should I?
Jesus still lives, and still is nigh.

Though all the flocks and herds were dead,
My soul a fa­mine need not dread,
For Je­sus is my liv­ing bread.

I know not what may soon be­tide,
Or how my wants shall be sup­plied;
But Je­sus knows, and will pro­vide.

Though sin would fill me with dis­tress,
The throne of grace I dare ad­dress,
For Je­sus is my right­eous­ness.

Though faint my pray­ers, and cold my love,
My stead­fast hope shall not re­move,
While Je­sus in­ter­cedes above.

Against me earth and hell com­bine;
But on my side is pow­er di­vine;
Jesus is all, and He is mine.