Scripture Verse

Oh that Thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that Thine hand might be with me, and that Thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! 1 Chronicles 4:10


Richard W. Adams

Words: Ri­chard W. Ad­ams, 2001. This hymn was in­spired by The Pray­er of Ja­bez, by Bruce Wil­kin­son.

Music: Lou­van Vir­gil C. Tay­lor, Cho­ral An­thems (Bo­ston, Mas­sa­chu­setts: 1850) (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Tay­lor (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Lord, source of all bless­ing, bless us in­deed;
For Yours is the boun­ty, and ours is the need;
We trust to Your wis­dom, in this re­quest,
For You give Your child­ren all the best.

Enlarge, too, our boun­dar­ies, so that we may
Begin great­er work for Your king­dom this day;
May we be a bless­ing, to those who seek
For mean­ing in lives where hope is weak.

Lord, while we are striv­ing, give us Your hand
To help spread Your Word through­out the land;
Let us do not ev­il, seek on­ly right,
And ush­er in dawn to dark­est night.