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May 13, 2018
Preacher: Isaac Watts
Passage: Psalm 19:8

Father, I Bless Thy Gentle Hand

The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes

(PSALM 19:8)

Father, I bless Thy gentle hand; how kind was Thy chastising rod,

That forced my conscience to a stand, and brought my wandering soul to God!

Foolish and vain, I went astray—ere I had felt Thy scourges, Lord;

I left my guide, and lost my way; but now I love and keep Thy Word.

’Tis good for me to wear the yoke, for pride is apt to rise and swell;

’Tis good to bear my Father’s stroke, that I might learn His statutes well.

The law that issues from Thy mouth—shall raise my cheerful passions more

Than all the treasures of the south, or western hills of golden ore.

Thy hands have made my mortal frame, Thy Spirit formed my soul within;

Teach me to know Thy wondrous name, and guard me safe from death and sin.

Then all that love and fear the Lord—at my salvation shall rejoice;

For I have hoped in Thy Word, and made Thy grace my only choice.

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