O that thy statutes every hour

O that thy statutes every hour

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 76 hymnals

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O that your statutes, every hour,
might dwell upon my mind!
God, I would feel a quickening power,
and peace is there, to find.
To think upon your precepts, Lord,
shall be my sweet employ;
my soul will not forget your word;
your word is all my joy.

My lips with courage shall declare
your statutes and your name;
I’ll speak your word! Though kings may hear,
it will not cause me shame.
Depart from me, all wickedness,
all hands and hearts of ill;
I love my God! I love God’s ways!
I love to do God’s will!

Source: In Melody and Songs: hymns from the Psalm versions of Isaac Watts #86

Author: Isaac Watts

Isaac Watts was the son of a schoolmaster, and was born in Southampton, July 17, 1674. He is said to have shown remarkable precocity in childhood, beginning the study of Latin, in his fourth year, and writing respectable verses at the age of seven. At the age of sixteen, he went to London to study in the Academy of the Rev. Thomas Rowe, an Independent minister. In 1698, he became assistant minister of the Independent Church, Berry St., London. In 1702, he became pastor. In 1712, he accepted an invitation to visit Sir Thomas Abney, at his residence of Abney Park, and at Sir Thomas' pressing request, made it his home for the remainder of his life. It was a residence most favourable for his health, and for the prosecution of his literary… Go to person page >

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First Line: O that thy statutes every hour
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English