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LORD, You Have Searched Me

Author: Marie J. Post Meter: 8.8.8.8 Appears in 24 hymnals Scripture: Psalm 139 First Line: LORD, you have searched me and you know Topics: Will of God; Creation; Providence; Will of God Used With Tune: FEDERAL STREET Text Sources: Psalter, 1912, alt.
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Psalm 139 Part 1

Author: Isaac Watts Meter: 8.6.8.6 Appears in 240 hymnals Scripture: Psalm 139 First Line: In all my vast concerns with thee Lyrics: In all my vast concerns with thee, In vain my soul would try To shun thy presence, Lord, or flee The notice of thine eye. Thy all-surrounding sight surveys My rising and my rest, My public walks, my private ways, And secrets of my breast. My thoughts lie open to the Lord Before they're formed within; And ere my lips pronounce the word He knows the sense I mean. O wondrous knowledge, deep and high! Where can a creature hide? Within thy circling arms I lie, Beset on every side. So let thy grace surround me still, And like a bulwark prove, To guard my soul from every ill, Secured by sovereign love. Lord, where shall guilty souls retire, Forgotten and unknown? In hell they meet thy dreadful fire, In heav'n thy glorious throne. Should I suppress my vital breath To 'scape the wrath divine, Thy voice would break the bars of death, And make the grave resign. If winged with beams of morning light I fly beyond the west, Thy hand, which must support my flight, Would soon betray my rest. If o'er my sins I think to draw The curtains of the night, Those flaming eyes that guard thy law Would turn the shades to light. The beams of noon, the midnight hour, Are both alike to thee O may I ne'er provoke that power From which I cannot flee. Topics: Evening psalm; Professions of sincerity and repentance, etc; All-seeing God; Appeal to God concerning our sincerity; God All-seeing; God heart-searching; Heart known to God; Infants; Man wonderful formation; Mercies innumerable; Holiness professed; God his wisdom in his works; Evidences of sincerity; Obedience sincere; Sincerity; Examination or evidences of grace; Grace its evidences, or self-examination; Self-examination or evidences of grace; Trial of our hearts; Daily Devotion; Midnight thoughts; Nature of man
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Psalm 139 Part 1

Author: Isaac Watts Meter: 8.8.8.8 Appears in 303 hymnals Scripture: Psalm 139 First Line: Lord, thou hast searched and seen me through Lyrics: Lord, thou hast searched and seen me through, Thine eye commands with piercing view My rising and my resting hours, My heart and flesh with all their powers. My thoughts, before they are my own, Are to my God distinctly known; He knows the words I mean to speak Ere from my op'ning lips they break. Within thy circling power I stand; On every side I find thy hand; Awake, asleep, at home, abroad, I am surrounded still with God. Amazing knowledge, vast and great! What large extent! what lofty height! My soul, with all the powers I boast, Is in the boundless prospect lost. O may these thoughts possess my breast, Where'er I rove, where'er I rest! Nor let my weaker passions dare Consent to sin, for God is there. Could I so false, so faithless prove, To quit thy service and thy love, Where, Lord, could I thy presence shun. Or from thy dreadful glory run? If up to heav'n I take my flight, 'Tis there thou dwell'st enthroned in light Or dive to hell, there vengeance reigns, And Satan groans beneath thy chains. If, mounted on a morning ray, I fly beyond the western sea, Thy swifter hand would first arrive, And there arrest thy fugitive. Or should I try to shun thy sight Beneath the spreading veil of night, One glance of thine, one piercing ray, Would kindle darkness into day. O may these thoughts possess my breast, Where'er I rove, where'er I rest! Nor let my weaker passions dare Consent to sin, for God is there. The veil of night is no disguise, No screen from thy all-searching eyes; Thy hand can seize thy foes as soon Through midnight shades as blazing noon. Midnight and noon in this agree, Great God, they're both alike to thee; Not death can hide what God will spy, And hell lies naked to his eye. O may these thoughts possess my breast, Where'er I rove, where'er I rest! Nor let my weaker passions dare Consent to sin, for God is there. Topics: Evening psalm; Professions of sincerity and repentance, etc; All-seeing God; Appeal to God concerning our sincerity; God All-seeing; God heart-searching; Heart known to God; Infants; Man wonderful formation; Mercies innumerable; Holiness professed; God his wisdom in his works; Evidences of sincerity; Obedience sincere; Sincerity; Examination or evidences of grace; Grace its evidences, or self-examination; Self-examination or evidences of grace; Trial of our hearts; Daily Devotion; Midnight thoughts; Nature of man
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Psalm 139 Part 2

Author: Isaac Watts Meter: 8.6.8.6 Appears in 49 hymnals Scripture: Psalm 139 First Line: When I with pleasing wonder stand Lyrics: When I with pleasing wonder stand, And all my frame survey, Lord, 'tis thy work I own thy hand Thus built my humble clay. Thy hand my heart and reins possessed Where unborn nature grew; Thy wisdom all my features traced, And all my members drew. Thine eye with nicest care surveyed The growth of every part; Till the whole scheme thy thoughts had laid Was copied by thy art. Heav'n, earth, and sea, and fire, and wind, Show me thy wondrous skill But I review myself, and find Diviner wonders still. Thy aweful glories round me shine, My flesh proclaims thy praise; Lord, to thy works of nature join Thy miracles of grace. Topics: Evening psalm; Professions of sincerity and repentance, etc; All-seeing God; Appeal to God concerning our sincerity; God All-seeing; God heart-searching; Heart known to God; Infants; Man wonderful formation; Mercies innumerable; Holiness professed; God his wisdom in his works; Evidences of sincerity; Obedience sincere; Sincerity; Examination or evidences of grace; Grace its evidences, or self-examination; Self-examination or evidences of grace; Trial of our hearts; Daily Devotion; Midnight thoughts; Nature of man
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Psalm 139 Part 2

Author: Isaac Watts Meter: 8.8.8.8 Appears in 31 hymnals Scripture: Psalm 139 First Line: 'Twas from thy hand, my God, I came Lyrics: 'Twas from thy hand, my God, I came, A work of such a curious frame In me thy fearful wonders shine, And each proclaims thy skill divine. Thine eyes did all my limbs survey, Which yet in dark confusion lay; Thou saw'st the daily growth they took, Formed by the model of thy book. By thee my growing parts were named, And what thy sovereign counsels framed- The breathing lungs, the beating heart- Was copied with unerring art. At last, to show my Maker's name, God stamped his image on my frame, And in some unknown moment joined The finished members to the mind. There the young seeds of thought began, And all the passions of the man: Great God, our infant nature pays Immortal tribute to thy praise. Lord, since in my advancing age I've acted on life's busy stage, Thy thoughts of love to me surmount The power of numbers to recount. I could survey the ocean o'er, And count each sand that makes the shore, Before my swiftest thoughts could trace The num'rous wonders of thy grace. These on my heart are still impressed, With these I give my eyes to rest; And at my waking hour I find God and his love possess my mind. Topics: Evening psalm; Professions of sincerity and repentance, etc; All-seeing God; Appeal to God concerning our sincerity; God All-seeing; God heart-searching; Heart known to God; Infants; Man wonderful formation; Mercies innumerable; Holiness professed; God his wisdom in his works; Evidences of sincerity; Obedience sincere; Sincerity; Examination or evidences of grace; Grace its evidences, or self-examination; Self-examination or evidences of grace; Trial of our hearts; Daily Devotion; Midnight thoughts; Nature of man
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Psalm 139 Part 3

Author: Isaac Watts Meter: 8.8.8.8 Appears in 30 hymnals Scripture: Psalm 139 First Line: My God, what inward grief I feel Lyrics: My God, what inward grief I feel When impious men transgress thy will! I mourn to hear their lips profane Take thy tremendous name in vain. Does not my soul detest and hate The sons of malice and deceit? Those that oppose thy laws and thee, I count them enemies to me. Lord, search my soul, try every thought; Though my own heart accuse me not Of walking in a false disguise, I beg the trial of thine eyes. Doth secret mischief lurk within? Do I indulge some unknown sin? O turn my feet whene'er I stray, And lead me in thy perfect way. Topics: Evening psalm; Professions of sincerity and repentance, etc; All-seeing God; Appeal to God concerning our sincerity; God All-seeing; God heart-searching; Heart known to God; Infants; Man wonderful formation; Mercies innumerable; Holiness professed; God his wisdom in his works; Evidences of sincerity; Obedience sincere; Sincerity; Examination or evidences of grace; Grace its evidences, or self-examination; Self-examination or evidences of grace; Trial of our hearts; Daily Devotion; Midnight thoughts; Nature of man

O Lord, thou hast searched me

Appears in 14 hymnals Scripture: Psalm 139 Topics: Prose Psalms Used With Tune: THIRD TONE

You Are Before Me, Lord

Author: Ian Pitt-Watson Meter: 10.10.10.10 Appears in 8 hymnals Scripture: Psalm 139 First Line: You are before me, Lord. You are behind Used With Tune: SURSUM CORDA (SMITH)
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Thou Lord, by strictest Search hast known

Appears in 82 hymnals Scripture: Psalm 139 Lyrics: 1 Thou, Lord, by strictest Search hast known 2 My rising up and lying down; My secret Thoughts are known to thee, Known long before conceiv'd by me. 3 Thine Eye my Bed and Path surveys, My publick Haunts and private Ways; 4 Thou know'st what 'tis my Lips would vent, My yet unutter'd words intent. 5 Surrounded by thy Pow'r I stand, On ev'ry Side I find thy Hand. 6 O Skill, for human Reach too high! Too dazzling bright for mortal Eye! 7 O could I so perfidious be, To think of once deserting thee, Where, Lord, could I thy Influence shun? Or whither from thy Presence run? 8 If up to Heav'n I take my Flight, 'Tis there thou dwell'st enthron'd in Light, Or sink to Hell's infernal Plains, 'Tis there Almighty Vengeance reigns. 9 If I the Morning's Wings could gain, And fly beyond the Western Main, 10 Thy swifter Hand would first arrive, And there arrest thy Fugitive. 11 Or should I try to shun thy Sight Beneath the sable Wings of Night; One Glance from thee, one piercing Ray Would kindle Darkness into Day. 12 The Veil of Night is no Disguise, No Screen from thy all-searching Eyes: Thro' Midnight Shades thou find'st thy Way, As in the blazing Noon of Day. 13 Thou know'st the Texture of my Heart, My Reins and ev'ry vital part; Each single Thread, in Nature's Loom, By thee was cover'd in the Womb. 14 I'll praise Thee from whose Hands I came, A work of such a curious Frame; The Wonders thou in me hast shown, My soul with grateful Joy must own. 15 Thine Eyes my Substance did survey, while yet a lifeless Mass it lay, In secret how exactly wrought, E'er from its dark Inclosure brought. 16 Thou didst the shapeless Embrio see, Its Parts were registred by Thee: Thou saw'st the daily Growth they took, Form'd by the Model of thy Book. 17 Let me acknowledge too, O God, That since this Maze of Life I trod, Thy Thoughts of Love to me surmount The Pow'r of Numbers to recount. 18 Far sooner could I reckon o'er The Sands upon the Ocean's Shore: Each Morn revising what I've done, I find th' Account but new begun. 19 The Wicked thou shalt slay, O God: Depart from me, ye Men of Blood, 20 Whose Tongues Heav'n's Majesty profane, And take th' Almighty's Name in vain. 21 Lord, hate not I their impious Crew, Who thee with Enmity pursue? And does not Grief my Heart oppress, When Reprobates thy Law transgress? 22 Who practise Enmity to Thee, Shall utmost Hatred have from me; Such Men I utterly detest, As if they were my Foes profest. 23,24 Search, try, O God, my Thoughts and Heart, If Mischief lurks in any Part; Correct me where I go astray, And guide me in thy perfect Way.

You Are Near

Author: Dan Schutte, b. 1947 Appears in 6 hymnals Scripture: Psalm 139 First Line: Lord, you have searched my heart Refrain First Line: Yahweh, I know you are near Used With Tune: [Lord, you have searched my heart]

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