Instructions from Scripture

Representative Text

1 How shall the young secure their hearts
and guard their lives from sin?
Your Word, O LORD, the truth imparts
to keep the conscience clean.

2 Your Word is like a heav'nly light
that guides us all the day,
and through the dangers of the night
a lamp to lead our way.

3 The starry heav'ns your rule obey,
the earth maintains its place;
and these your servants night and day
your skill and pow'r express.

4 But still your law and gospel, LORD,
have lessons more divine;
not earth stands firmer than your Word
nor stars so nobly shine.

5 Your Word is everlasting truth;
how pure is ev'ry page!
That holy book will guide our youth
and well support our age.

Source: Christian Worship: Psalter #119H

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: How shall the young secure their hearts
Title: Instructions from Scripture
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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Christian Worship (1993) #509

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Christian Worship #119H

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Great Songs of the Church (Revised) #302


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The Sacred Harp #517

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