The Fear of the Lord

The fear of the Lord Our days will prolong

Author: Joseph Hart (1762)
Published in 1 hymnal

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1. The fear of the Lord
Our days will prolong;
In trouble afford
A confidence strong;
Will keep us from sinning;
Will prosper our ways;
And is the beginning
Of wisdom and grace.

2. The fear of the Lord
Preserves us from death;
Enforces his word;
Enlivens our faith.
It regulates passion,
And helps us to quell
The dread of damnation
And terrors of hell.

3. The fear of the Lord
Is soundness and health;
A treasure well stored
With heavenly wealth.
A fence against evil,
By which we resist
World, flesh and the Devil;
And imitate Christ.

4. The fear of the Lord
Is clean and approved;
Makes Satan abhorred;
And Jesus beloved.
It conquers by weakness;
Is proof against strife;
A cordial in sickness;
A fountain of life.

5. The fear of the Lord
Is lowly and meek;
The happy reward
Of all that him seek;
They only can fear him
The truth can discern;
For living so near him
His secrets they learn.

6. The fear of the Lord
His mercy makes dear;
His judgments adored,
His righteousness clear.
Without its fresh flavour
In knowledge there’s fault,
In doctrines no savour,
In duties no salt.

7. The fear of the Lord
Confirms a good hope;
By this are restored
The senses that droop.
The deeper it reaches,
The more the soul thrives.
It gives what it teaches,
And guards what it gives.

8. The fear of the Lord
Forbids us to yield.
It sharpens our sword,
And strengthens our shield.
Then cry we to heaven,
With one loud accord,
That to us be given
The fear of the Lord.

Joseph Hart, Hymns Composed on Various Subjects, Supplement 1762, Hymn 23.

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Author: Joseph Hart

Hart, Joseph, was born in London in 1712. His early life is involved in obscurity. His education was fairly good; and from the testimony of his brother-in-law, and successor in the ministry in Jewin Street, the Rev. John Hughes, "his civil calling was" for some time "that of a teacher of the learned languages." His early life, according to his own Experience which he prefaced to his Hymns, was a curious mixture of loose conduct, serious conviction of sin, and endeavours after amendment of life, and not until Whitsuntide, 1757, did he realize a permanent change, which was brought about mainly through his attending divine service at the Moravian Chapel, in Fetter Lane, London, and hearing a sermon on Rev. iii. 10. During the next two years ma… Go to person page >

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First Line: The fear of the Lord Our days will prolong
Title: The Fear of the Lord
Author: Joseph Hart (1762)
Meter: 5.5.5.5.6.5.6.5
Publication Date: 1762
Copyright: Public Domain

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