To the Hills I Lift Mine Eyes

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To the hills I lift mine eyes; Whence shall help for me arise

Tune: [Holy Spirit, faithful Guide] (Wells)
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1 To the hills I lift my eyes;
whence shall help for me arise?
From the Lord shall come my aid,
who the heav'n and earth has made.
He will guide through dangers all,
will not suffer thee to fall.
He who safe his people keeps,
slumbers not and never sleeps.

2 Thy protector is the Lord,
shade for thee he will afford.
Neither sun nor moon shall smite;
God shall guard by day and night.
He will ever keep thy soul;
what would harm he will control.
In the home and by the way
he will keep thee day by day.

Source: Trinity Psalter Hymnal #121B

Text Information

First Line: To the hills I lift mine eyes; Whence shall help for me arise
Title: To the Hills I Lift Mine Eyes
Meter: 7.7.7.7 D
Language: English
Refrain First Line: He will keep, will keep thy soul
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

A profession of the LORD's sure protection of his people.

Scripture References:
st. 1 = vv. 1-4
st. 2 = vv. 5-8

Psalm 121 is one of fifteen "Songs of Ascents" (120-134), psalms the Israelites sang as they went up to worship at the temple in Jerusalem. Its main theme–that the LORD is the unfailing Protector of those who look to him–surely made it appropriate for such use. However, it is equally appropriate for God's pilgrims on the journey of life. We confess that our security comes from the LORD, the Maker and Ruler of all creation, and receive assurance that the LORD never sleeps (st. 1), but watches over us day and night to protect us from harm no matter where we go (st. 2). The (altered) versification is from the 1912 Psalter. Other settings of Psalm 121 are at 180 and 448.

Liturgical Use:
Whenever the Christian church confesses its assurance in God's care and keeping; stanza 2 makes a fine choral benediction.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988

Tune

[Holy Spirit, faithful Guide] (Wells)

Converted to Christianity as a youth at a mission in Buffalo, New York, Marcus Morris Wells (b. Cooperstown, NY, 1815; d. Hartwick, NY, 1895) spent most of his life near Hartwick as a farmer and maker of farm implements. He is remembered in hymnody for writing both the text and tune of "Holy Spirit,…

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[To the hills I lift my eyes]


[Jesus, Savior, pilot me] (Gould)


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