Let my prayer be set forth before Thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. Psalm 141:2
Words: Isaac Watts, The Psalms of David 1719.
A morning or evening psalm.
Music: Darley The Presbyterian Hymnal (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1874), page 16 (🔊 pdf nwc) (repeats last line of each verse).
My God, accept my early vows,
Like morning incense in Thine house;
And let my nightly worship rise
Sweet as the evening sacrifice.
Watch o’er my lips, and guard them, Lord,
From every rash and heedless word;
Nor let my feet incline to tread
The guilty path where sinners lead.
O may the righteous, when I stray,
Smite, and reprove my wandering way!
Their gentle words, like ointment shed,
Shall never bruise, but cheer my head.
When I behold them pressed with grief,
I’ll cry to Heav’n for their relief;
And by my warm petitions prove
How much I prize their faithful love.