PSALM 139:1-12, 23-24
METER: 77 77 77
SUGGESTED TUNE: DIX
This is the meter for such hymns as "For the Beauty of the Earth."
1. You have searched and known me, Lord!
You know when I sit and stand;
You know from a-far my thoughts;
Ver-y well you know my ways.
E'en be-fore I say a word,
You know what I'm going to say.
2. You are 'round me ev-ery way,
Up-on me you lay your hand.
More than I can un-der-stand
Is your know-ledge of my ways.
Where could I your Spir-it flee?
Where could I es-cape from you?
3. If I go to heav'n, you're there.
Like-wise in the world of death.
If I take the wings of morn,
E-ven far be-yond the sea,
E-ven there you lead me still,
Hold-ing me in your right hand.
4. If I say, "Let gloom hide me;
Let the light be-come as night,"
E-ven dark-ness is not dark--
Night is bright as day to you.
Light and dark-ness are the same,
Lord, in your al-might-y sight.
5. Search me, God, and know my heart;
Test me and re-veal my thoughts.
See if an-y way in me
Is as wick-ed as can be,
Lead me in the way that is
Ev-er-last-ing as you are.
Stanzas 1-4 reprinted by permission of the publisher from Sing the Psalms! by Dale A. Schoening. Copyright 1988 Dale A. Schoening. Stanza 5 reprinted by permission of the publisher from Supplementary Volume to Sing the Psalms by Dale A. Schoening. Copyright 1992 Dale A. Schoening.