119 (8)Psalm 119 Part 8
(verses 65-72)
O HOW I love Thy holy Word,
   Thy gracious covenant, O Lord!
It guides me in the peaceful way,
I think upon it all the day.
2  Long unafflicted, undismayed,
In pleasure’s path secure I strayed,
Then did I feel Thy chastening rod,
Which turned me unto Thee, my God.
3  Although it pierced my stubborn heart,
I’ll bless the Hand that caused the smart;
It taught my tears awhile to flow,
But saved me from eternal woe.
4  If Thou hadst left me unchastised,
Thy precepts would be still despised;
And still the snare by Satan laid
Had my unwary soul betrayed.
5  I love Thee, therefore, O my God,
And look towards Thy dear abode;
Where in Thy presence fully blest,
Thy chosen saints for ever rest.
William Cowper, 1731-1800