409. To thee, before the dawning light

To thee, before the dawning light
My gracious God, I pray;
I meditate thy name by night,
And keep thy law by day.

My spirit faints to see thy grace,
Thy promise bears me up;
And while salvation long delays,
Thy word supports my hope.

Seven times a day I lift my hands,
And pay my thanks to thee;
Thy righteous providence demands
Repeated praise from me.

When midnight darkness veils the skies,
I call thy works to mind;
My thoughts in warm devotion rise,
And sweet acceptance find.

Text Information
First Line: To thee, before the dawning light
Author: Isaac Watts
Publication Date: 1835
Meter: C. M.
Scripture: Psalm 119
Topic: Secret devotion; Converse with God; Spiritual: mindedness
Language: English
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