Scripture Verse

His delight is in the law of the Lord. Psalm 1:2


Luther O. Emerson (1820–1915)

Words: From The Psal­ter (Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia: Unit­ed Pres­by­ter­ian Board of Pub­li­ca­tion, 1912), num­ber 2.

Music: Re­deem­er (Em­er­son) Lu­ther O. Em­er­son, 1863 (🔊 pdf nwc).


Blest is he who loves God’s pre­cepts,
Who from sin restrains his feet,
He who will not stand with sin­ners,
He who shuns the scorn­ers’ seat.

Blest is he who makes the sta­tutes
Of the Lord his chief de­light,
In God’s law, divinely per­fect,
Meditating day and night.

He is like a tree well plant­ed
By the flowing river’s side,
Ever green of leaf and fruit­ful:
Thus shall all his works abide.

Like the driven chaff the wick­ed
Shall be swept from off the land
With the just they shall not ga­ther,
Nor shall in the judg­ment stand.

Well the Lord will guard the right­eous,
For their way to Him is known;
But the way of ev­il­do­ers
Shall by Him be over­thrown.