How shall the young direct their wayPublished in 18 hymnals
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1 How shall the young direct their way?
What light shall be their perfect guide?
Your Word, O Lord, will safely lead
if in its wisdom they confide.
2 Sincerely I have sought you, Lord,
O let me not from you depart;
to know your will and keep from sin,
your Word I cherish in my heart.
3 O blessed Lord, teach me your law,
your righteous judgments I declare;
your testimonies make me glad,
for they are wealth beyond compare.
4 Upon your precepts and your ways
my heart will meditate with awe;
your Word shall be my chief delight,
and I will not forget your law.
Psalter Hymnal, 1987
st. 1 = Ps. 119:9
st. 2 = Ps. 119:10-11
st. 3 = Ps. 119:12-14
st. 4 = Ps. 119:15-16
This text from the 1912 Psalter is a paraphrase of the "Beth" (second letter of the Hebrew alphabet) stanza of Psalm 119. In these verses of the psalm (9-16), directed specifically at the young, the psalmist professes delight in God's word (or law) as a guide for living. But that word also calls for obedience from all God's creatures, young and old alike. (See 119 and 276 for other settings of Psalm 119.)
Before or after the reading of the Decalogue or another law text (consider using just st. 3-4 at this time); the entire hymn is appropriate for services that emphasize youth or Christian education.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
|Instances (1 - 5 of 5)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Moravian Book of Worship #510||How Shall the Young Direct Their Way?||How shall the young direct their way?||QUEBEC||L.M.||Psalm 119:9-16; Psalm 37:3-5||1995||The Scriptures | ; Christian Education | ; Christian nurture | ; God--Guidance | ; Journey | ; Scriptures |||Versified, Psalter (1912), alt.|
|Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #119B||How Shall the Young Direct Their Way?||How shall the young direct their way?||ST. CRISPIN||126.96.36.199||Psalm 119:9-16||2012||Acrostic Psalms | ; Church Year | Transfiguration; Conflict | ; Daily Prayer | Midday Prayer; Daily Prayer | Morning Prayer; Delight | ; Discipleship | ; Elements of Worship | Baptism; Elements of Worship | Prayer for Illumination; Freedom | ; God | Light from; God | Obedience to; God as | Guide; God as | Lawgiver; God's | Sorrow; God's | Will; God's | Wisdom; God's | Word; God's | Face; God's | Judgments; God's | Justice; God's | law; God's | Love; God's | Promises; God's | Protection; Grace | ; Jesus Christ | Friend of Sinners; Jesus Christ | Teacher; Jesus Christ | Way, Truth, and Life; Joy | ; Judgment | ; Life Stages | Youth; Lord's Prayer | 2nd petition (your kingdom come); Love for God | ; Mercy | ; Occasional Services | Ordination and/or Installation; Remembering | ; Salvation | ; Seeking God | ; Suffering | ; Temptation And Trial | ; Ten Commandments | 9th Commandment (do not bear false witness); The Fall | ; Trust | ; Truth | ; Victory | ; Wisdom Psalms | ; Witness | ; Year A, Ordinary Time after||<cite>Psalter</cite>, 1912|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #584||How Shall the Young Direct Their Way||How shall the young direct their way||BROOKSIDE||LM||Psalm 37:5; Psalm 119:9-16||1987||Family | ; Law of God | ; Will of God | ; Home | ; Obedience | ; Word of God ||
|The Cyber Hymnal #2690||How Shall the Young Direct Their Way?||How shall the young direct their way?||SAGINA||Anonymous||LMD||<cite>The Psalter</cite> (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: The United Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1912, number 322|
|Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #148||How Shall the Young Direct Their Way?||How shall the young direct their way?||DUANE STREET||L.M.D.||Psalm 119:9-16||1990||God's Word | The Law of God; Christian Education |||<i>The Psalter</i>, 1912; alt. 1990, mod.|