PSALM 139:1-12, 23-24
METER:  77 77 77
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.

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