Scripture Verse

The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart that there is no fear of God before his eyes. Psalm 36:1


Isaac Watts (1674–1748)

Words: Is­aac Watts, The Psalms of Da­vid 1719. Prac­ti­cal athe­ism ex­posed; or, the be­ing and at­trib­utes of God as­sert­ed.

Music: Lin­coln (Ra­vens­croft) Tho­mas Ra­ven­scroft, The Whole Booke of Psalmes (Lon­don: 1621) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Thomas Ravenscroft (1592–1635)


While men grow bold in wicked ways,
And yet a God they own,
My heart within me often says,
Their thoughts be­lieve there’s none.

Their thoughts and ways at once declare,
Whate’er their lips profess,
God hath no wrath for them to fear,
Nor will they seek His grace.

What strange self-flattery blinds their eyes!
But there’s a hastening hour,
When they shall see with sore surprise
The terrors of Thy power.

Thy justice shall maintain its throne,
Though mountains melt away;
Thy judgments are a world unknown,
A deep, unfathomed sea.

Above the heav’ns’ created rounds,
Thy mercies, Lord, extend;
Thy truth outlives the narrow bounds
Where time and nature end.

Safety to man Thy goodness brings,
Nor overlooks the beast;
Beneath the shadow of Thy wings
Thy children choose to rest.

From Thee, when creature-streams run low.
And mortal comforts die,
Perpetual springs of life shall flow,
And raise our pleasures high.

Though all created light decay,
And death close up our eyes,
Thy presence makes eter­nal day,
Where clouds can ne­ver rise.