Words: Esther Arnold

Music: English Country Songs, 1893; harm. Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1906

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I waited patiently for God
until He heard my cry;
He pulled me up from death's deep pit
and out of miry clay;
He set my feet upon a rock;
my footsteps He restored.
He put a new song in my mouth,
that men may praise the Lord.

How blessed is the man who puts
his confidence in God,
who turns not to the proud, or men
whose way is one of fraud.
For God alone does mighty deeds
and sets His thoughts on me;
I could not count His wondrous works,
for they are great indeed.

Great sacrifice and costly gifts
the Lord has not desired;
a heart that loves to do His will
is all He has required.
For Christ fulfilled God's perfect law
and kept all His commands;
a body God prepared for Him
to do as He had planned.

Like Him, I love to do Your word
and keep Your holy law;
Your people hear my mouth speak forth
Your truth and steadfast love.
Lord, I have sung Your faithfulness;
salvation I proclaimed;
from telling all Your righteousness,
my lips have not refrained.

Then You, O Lord, will not withhold
Your mercy now from me;
Your steadfast love and faithfulness
will all my safety be.
For countless evils close me 'round;
my sins sweep o'er my head;
iniquities pursue my soul
and fill my heart with dread.

Be pleased, O Lord, to rescue me;
come quickly to my aid!
Make all my enemies draw back,
and let them be dismayed.
Since I am poor and weak, O Lord,
be mindful of my need.
May all who seek You now rejoice,
for You will save indeed!
Words: © 2015 Esther Arnold. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
Music: Public domain

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