To the Hills I Lift Mine Eyes

To the hills I lift mine eyes; Whence shall help for me arise

Tune: GUIDE (Wells)
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1 To the hills I lift my eyes;
whence shall help for me arise?
From the Lord comes all my aid,
who the heavens and earth has made.
He will guard through dangers all,
will not let you slip or fall.
He who safe his people keeps
never slumbers, never sleeps.

2 Your protector is the LORD;
shade for you he will afford.
Neither sun nor moon shall smite;
God shall guard by day and night.
He will ever keep your soul;
what would harm he will control.
In the home and by the way
God will keep you day by day.

Psalter Hymnal, 1987

Text Information

First Line: To the hills I lift mine eyes; Whence shall help for me arise
Title: To the Hills I Lift Mine Eyes
Meter: 7.7.7.7 D
Source: Psalter, 1912, alt.
Language: English
Refrain First Line: He will keep, will keep thy soul

Notes

A profession of the LORD's sure protection of his people.

Scripture References:
st. 1 = vv. 1-4
st. 2 = vv. 5-8

Psalm 121 is one of fifteen "Songs of Ascents" (120-134), psalms the Israelites sang as they went up to worship at the temple in Jerusalem. Its main theme–that the LORD is the unfailing Protector of those who look to him–surely made it appropriate for such use. However, it is equally appropriate for God's pilgrims on the journey of life. We confess that our security comes from the LORD, the Maker and Ruler of all creation, and receive assurance that the LORD never sleeps (st. 1), but watches over us day and night to protect us from harm no matter where we go (st. 2). The (altered) versification is from the 1912 Psalter. Other settings of Psalm 121 are at 180 and 448.

Liturgical Use:
Whenever the Christian church confesses its assurance in God's care and keeping; stanza 2 makes a fine choral benediction.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

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GUIDE (Wells)

Converted to Christianity as a youth at a mission in Buffalo, New York, Marcus Morris Wells (b. Cooperstown, NY, 1815; d. Hartwick, NY, 1895) spent most of his life near Hartwick as a farmer and maker of farm implements. He is remembered in hymnody for writing both the text and tune of "Holy Spirit,…

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #121

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Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #331Image
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #121AImage
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #121TextImageAudioScore