1 Jesus, our soul's delightful choice,
In thee believing we rejoice;
Yet still our joy is mix'd with grief,
While faith contends with unbelief.
2 Thy promises our hearts revive,
And keep our fainting hopes alive;
But guilt, and fears, and sorrows rise,
And hide the promise from our eyes.
3 O let not sin and satan boast,
While saints lie mourning in the dust;
Nor see that faith to ruin brought,
Which thy own gracious hand hath wrought.
4 Do thou the dying spark inflame;
Reveal the glories of thy name;
And put all anxious doubts to flight,
As shades dispers'd by opening light.
Source: A Selection of Hymns: from the best authors, intended to be an appendix to Dr. Watt's psalms and hymns. (1st Am. ed.) #CCXIX
Jesus, our souls' delightful choice. P. Doddridge. [Spiritual Conflict.] This hymn is No. 1 of the D. MSS., is in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, is headed "On the Struggle between Faith and Unbelief," and is dated "Sep. 7, 1735." J. Orton included it in his edition of Doddridge's (posthumous) Hymns, &c, 1755, No. 197; and J. D. Humphreys in his edition of the same, 1839, No. 220. It is in a few modern collections, including Spurgeon's 0ur Own Hymn Book, 1866.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)