Teach Me, O Lord, Thy Way of Truth

Teach me, O Lord, Thy way of truth

Tune: BISHOP (Holbrook)
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1 Teach me, O Lord, your way of truth,
and from it I will not depart;
that I may steadfastly obey,
give me an understanding heart.

2 In your commandments make me walk,
for in your law my joy shall be;
give me a heart that loves your will,
from discontent and envy free.

3 Your word sheds light upon my path;
a shining light, it guides my feet;
your righteous judgments to observe,
my solemn vow I now repeat.

4 Your wondrous testimonies, Lord,
my soul will keep and greatly praise;
your word, by faithful lips proclaimed,
to simplest minds the truth conveys.

5 I thirst for your commandments, Lord,
and for your mercy press my claim;
O look on me and show the grace
displayed to all who love your name.

Psalter Hymnal, 1987

Text Information

First Line: Teach me, O Lord, Thy way of truth
Title: Teach Me, O Lord, Thy Way of Truth
Source: Psalter, 1912
Language: English
Refrain First Line: The Lord's commands, which I have loved


Scripture References:
st. 1 = Ps. 119:33-34
st. 2 = Ps. 119:35-36
st. 3 = Ps. 119:105-106
st. 4 = Ps. 119:129-130
st. 5 = Ps. 119:131-13

The five stanzas of “Teach Me, O Lord” come from three long-¬meter settings for Psalm 119 in the 1912 Psalter. That psalter included a separate musical setting for each of Psalm 119's twenty-two biblical stanzas. The Psalter Hymnal Revision Committee chose these five stanzas because they are especially useful as prayers for illumination. With the psalmist, we sing: Teach us your way, O Lord (st. 1); the path of your commandments is our delight (st. 2); your Word is a lamp to our feet (st. 3); we obey and honor your truthful and clear Word (st. 4); as we thirst for it, Lord, we ask for the mercy you have promised us (st. 5). See PHH 119 for further commentary on Psalm 119.

Liturgical Use:
As a sung prayer for illumination; whenever God's people meditate on the centrality of the Word.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook


BISHOP (Holbrook)

Little is known about the composer of BISHOP, Joseph P. Holbrook (b. near Boston, MA, 1822; d. U.S.A., 1888); he did serve as editor of several hymn collections, including Songs of the Church (1862) and Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church with Tunes (1878), to which he contributed a number of h…

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Composed by George J. Elvey (PHH 48) in 1862 for 'Just as I Am, without One Plea" (263), ST. CRISPIN was first published in the 1863 edition of Edward Thorne's Selection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes. The tune title honors a third-century Roman martyr, Crispin, who, along with Crispinian, preached in Gaul…

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