Be Thou my Helper in the strife, O Lord, my strong Defender be; Thy mighty shield protect my life, Thy spear confront the enemy. Amid the conflict, O my Lord, Thy precious promise let me hear, The faithful reassuring word: I am Thy Savior, do not fear.
Ashamed, confounded let them be Who seek my ruin and disgrace; O let Thine angel fight for me, And drive my foes before his face. Without a cause my life they sought, Without a cause their plots they laid; Themselves within their snares be caught, And be my crafty foes dismayed.
My soul is joyful in the Lord, In His salvation I rejoice; To Him my heart will praise accord And bless His Name with thankful voice. For who, O Lord, is like to Thee, Defender of the poor and meek? The needy Thy salvation see When mighty foes their ruin seek.
Unrighteous witnesses have stood And told of crimes beyond belief; Returning evil for my good, They overwhelm my soul with grief. When in affliction they were sad, I wept and made their grief my own; But in my trouble they are glad And strive that I may be o’erthrown.
O Lord, how long wilt Thou delay? My soul for Thy salvation waits; My thankfulness will I display Amid the crowds that throng Thy gates. Let not my enemies rejoice And wrongfully exult o’er me; They speak not peace, but lift their voice To trouble those that peaceful be.
My foes with joy my woes survey, But Thou, O Lord, hast seen it all; O be no longer far away, Nor silent when on Thee I call. O haste to my deliverance now, O Lord, my righteous cause maintain; My Lord and God alone art Thou; Awake, and make Thy justice plain.
O Lord, my God, I look to Thee, Be Thou my righteous Judge, I pray; Let not my foes exult o’er me And laugh with joy at my dismay. With shame and trouble those requite Who would my righteous cause destroy; But those who in the good delight, Let them be glad and shout for joy.
Yea, let the Lord be magnified, Because Thy servants Thou dost bless; And I, from morn till eventide, Will daily praise Thy righteousness. My soul is joyful in the Lord, In His salvation I rejoice; To Him my heart will praise accord And bless His Name with thankful voice.
Sweetest joy the soul can know, Fairest Light was ever shed, Who alike in joy or woe, Leavest none unvisited; Spirit of the Highest God, Lord from Whom is life bestowed, Who upholdest everything, Hear me, hear me, while I sing!
For the noblest gift Thou art That a soul e’er sought or won, Have I wished Thee to my heart, Then my wishing all is done; Ah then yield Thee, nor refuse Here to dwell, for Thou didst choose This my heart, from e’en its birth, For Thy temple here on earth.
Thou art shed like gentlest showers From the Father and the Son, Bringest to this earth of ours Purest blessing from their throne; Suffer then, O noble Guest, That rich gift by Thee possessed, Which Thou givest at Thy will All my soul and flesh to fill.
Thou art wise, before Thee stand Hidden things unveiled to Thee, Countest up the grains of sand, Fathomest the deepest sea, And Thou knowest well how blind, Dark and crooked is my mind; Give me wisdom, in Thy light Let me please my God aright.
Thou art holy, enterest in Where pure hearts Thy coming wait, But Thou fleest shame and sin, Craft and falsehood Thou dost hate; Wash me then, O Well of grace, Every stain and spot efface, Let me flee what Thou dost flee, Grant me what Thou lov’st to see.
Thou art loving, hatest strife, As a lamb of patient mood, Calm through all our restless life, E’en to sinners kind and good; Grant me too this noble mind, To be calm and true and kind, Loving every friend or foe, Grieving none whom Thou dost know.
Well contented is my heart, If but Thou reject me not; If but Thou wilt ne’er depart, I am blest whate’er my lot; Thine for ever make me now, And to Thee, my Lord, I vow Here and yonder to employ Every power for Thee with joy.
Be my help when danger’s nigh, When I sink hold Thou me up, Be my life when I must die, In the grave be Thou my hope; Bring me when I rise again To the land that knows no pain, Where Thy followers from Thy stream Drink for ever joys supreme.