Happy birthday, Isaac

It’s the birthday of the English nonconformist minister Isaac Watts (1674-1748), author of many of the best-known hymns in the English language. This is his paraphrase of Psalm 23.

My Shepherd will supply my need;
Jehovah is His name.
In pastures fresh He makes me feed
Beside the living stream.
He brings my wandering spirit back
When I forsake His ways,
And leads me, for His mercy’s sake,
In paths of truth and grace.

When I walk through the shades of death
Thy presence is my stay;
One word of Thy supporting breath
Drives all my fears away.
Thy hand, in sight of all my foes,
Doth still my table spread;
My cup with blessings overflows,
Thine oil anoints my head.

The sure provisions of my God
Attend me all my days;
O may Thy house be my abode,
And all my work be praise.
There would I find a settled rest,
While others go and come;
No more a stranger, nor a guest,
But like a child at home.

One Response to Happy birthday, Isaac

  1. Beautiful. Isaac Watts left the world littered with blessings. (We sang another version of Psalm 23 just this past Sunday.)

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