Scripture Verse

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1


Samuel S. Wesley (1810–1876)

Words: Su­san H. Pe­ter­son, 2000 (pub­lic do­main).

Music: Au­re­lia Sam­uel S. Wes­ley, in A Selec­tion of Psalms and Hymns, by Charles Kem­ble (Lon­don: John F. Shaw, 1864), num­ber 122 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Susan H. Peterson (1950–2004)


My light and my sal­va­tion,
O Lord, whom shall I fear?
You are my life’s great strong­hold
When ev­il men come near.
Though ene­mies at­tack me,
My heart will ne­ver fear.
Though war break out against me,
I’m con­fi­dent You’re near.

One thing I ask and seek, Lord:
To dwell with You al­ways,
To gaze up­on Your beau­ty
And seek You all my days.
For in the day of trou­ble,
You’ll hide me, keep me safe.
My head will be ex­alt­ed;
I’ll sing and shout Your praise.

Hear now my voice and an­swer;
Be mer­ci­ful, I pray.
Your face, Lord, I seek dai­ly;
Do not turn me away.
For You have been my help­er;
Do not re­ject me, God.
Though fa­mi­ly may for­sake me,
I know that You will not.

Teach me Your way, my Sav­ior;
In straight paths may I walk.
Don’t let my foes op­press me
With false and vi­cious talk.
Of this I still am cer­tain:
I’ll see God’s good­ness yet.
Wait for the Lord Je­ho­vah;
Be strong, take heart, and wait.