Doddridge, Philip, D.D., was born in London, June 26, 1702. His grandfather was one of the ministers under the Commonwealth, who were ejected in 1662. His father was a London oilman. He was offered by the Duchess of Bedford an University training for ordination in the Church of England, but declined it. He entered Mr. Jennings's non-conformist seminary at Kibworth instead; preached his first sermon at Hinckley, to which Mr. Jennings had removed his academy. In 1723 he was chosen pastor at Kibworth. In 1725 he changed his residence to Market Harborough, still ministering at Kibworth. The settled work of his life as a preceptor and divine began in 1729, with his appointment to the Castle Hill Meeting at Northampton, and continued till in the… Go to person page >
My Helper, God, I bless His name. P. Doddridge. [New Year.] This hymn is almost entirely unknown under its original first line, but altered as "Our Helper, God, we bless His [Thy] name," it is found in several collections, including Horder's Congregational Hymns, 1884. It was first published in Job Orton's posthumous edition of Doddridge's Hymns, &c, 1755, No. 19, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "Ebenezer, or God's helping hand review'd and acknowledged. 1 Sam. vii. 12. For New Year's day." It is also in J. D. Humphreys's edition of the same, 1839, No. 23.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Display Title: My Helper, God! I Bless His NameFirst Line: My helper, God! I bless His nameTune Title: LOUVANAuthor: Philip Doddridge, 1702-1751Meter: LMSource: Published posthumously in Hymns Founded on Various Texts in the Holy Scriptures, by Job Orton (J. Eddowes and J. Cotton, 1755)