He hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure…this is all my salvation, and all my desire. 2 Samuel 23:5
Words: Philip Doddridge (1702–1751). Published posthumously in Hymns Founded on Various Texts in the Holy Scriptures, by Job Orton (Shropshire, England: Joshua Eddowes & John Cotton, 1755), number 21:
Support in God’s covenant under domestic troubles.
Music: St. James Ralph Courteville, in Select Psalms and Hymns for the Use of the Parish Church and Tabernacle of St. James’, Westminster, 1696 (🔊 pdf nwc).
My God, the covenant of Thy love
Abides for ever sure,
And in its matchless grace I feel
My happiness secure.
What though my house be not with Thee
As nature could desire?
To nobler joys, than nature gives,
Thy servants all aspire.
Since Thou, the everlasting God,
My Father art become;
Jesus, my guardian, and my friend,
And Heav’n my final home.
I welcome all Thy sovereign will,
For all that will is love:
And, when I know not what Thou dost,
I wait the light above.
Thy covenant in the darkest gloom
Shall heav’nly rays impart,
Which, when my eyelids close in death,
Shall warm my chilling heart.