Jehovah Is My Light

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1 Jehovah is my light,
And my salvation near;
Who shall my soul affright,
Or cause my heart to fear?
While God my strength, my life sustains,
Secure from fear my soul remains.

2 When evil-doers came
To make my life their prey,
They stumbled in their shame
And fell in sore dismay;
Thought hosts make war on every side,
Still fearless I in God confide.

3 My one request has been,
And still this prayer I raise,
That I may dwell within
God's house through all my days,
Jehovah's beauty to admire,
And in His temple to inquire.

4 When troubles round me swell,
When fears and dangers throng,
Securely I will dwell
In His pavilion strong;
within the covert of His tent
He hides me till the storm is spent.

5 Uplifted on a rock
Above my foes around,
Amid the battle shock
My song shall still resound;
Then joyful offerings I will bring,
Jehovah's praise my heart shall sing.

The Psalter: with the responsive readings, 1912

Text Information

First Line: Jehovah is my light, And my salvation near
Title: Jehovah Is My Light
Source: Psalter, 1869 (st. 1)
Language: English


Scripture References:
st. 1 = Ps. 27:1
st. 2 = Ps. 27:4
st. 3 = Ps. 27:5
st. 4 = Ps. 27:5b-6

This setting of Psalm 27:1-6 expresses great confidence in God's protection of his people, a confidence that leads the psalmist to bring “Joyful offerings” (st. 4) to the LORD. The first stanza (originally “Jehovah is my light”) was first published in The Book of Psalms (1871), a text-only psalter that was later published with music in 1887. Stanzas 2-4 (altered) are from the 1912 Psalter, which in turn had altered the 1871 text. For further commentary on this psalm see PHH 27.

Liturgical Use:
Beginning of worship; during the dedication of offerings. See also PHH 27.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook



John David Edwards (b. Penderlwyngoch, Cardiganshire, Wales, 1805; d. Llanddoget, Denbighshire, North Wales, 1885) was educated at Jesus College, Oxford, England, and ordained an Anglican priest in 1833. He served parishes in Rhosymedre and Llanddoget and published a collection of hymn tunes, Origin…

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[Jehovah is my light and my salvation near]



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