Thus I Resolved Before the LORD — Psalm 39

Thus I Resolved Before the LORD (Ps 39)

Thus I resolved before the LORD,
“Now will I watch my tongue;
lest I let slip one sinful word,
or do my neighbor wrong.”

And if I’m e’er constrained to stay
with men of lives profane,
I’ll set a double guard that day,
nor let my talk be vain.

I’ll scarce allow my lips to speak
the pious thoughts I feel,
lest scoffers should th’occasion take
to mock my holy zeal.

Yet if some proper hour appear,
I’ll not be overawed,
but let the scoffing sinners hear
that we can speak for God.

—Isaac Watts, 1719

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