From Psalm 40
Tune: Dunstan 8 8 8 6 8 6
Composer: Joseph Barnby, 1838-96
1 I waited for the Lord Most High,
And He inclined to hear my cry;
He took me from destruction’s pit
And from the miry clay;
Upon a rock He set my feet,
And steadfast made my way.
2. A new and joyful song of praise
He taught my thankful heart to raise;
And many, seeing me restored,
Shall fear the Lord and trust;
And blessed are they that trust the Lord,
The humble and the just.
3. O Lord my God, how manifold
Thy wondrous works which I behold,
And all Thy loving, gracious thought
Thou have bestowed on man;
To count Thy mercies I have sought,
But boundless is their span.
4. Not sacrifice delights the Lord,
But he who hears and keeps His word;
Thou gave me to hear Thy will,
Thy law is in my heart;
I come the Scripture to fulfill,
Glad tidings to impart.