Lord, I have made thy word my choice

Lord, I have made thy word my choice. Isaac Watts* (1674-1748). This appeared in The Psalms of David (1719), with the title, ‘The Word of God is the Saint’s satisfying Portion; or, the Excellency and Variety of Scripture.’ It is headed ‘Psalm 119. Eighth Part’. Watts paraphrased this psalm in eighteen parts, but by no means in verse order. None of the other parts has been included in any recent hymnbook. This purports to paraphrase verse 111 of the psalm: ‘Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.’ However, though the first stanza freely paraphrases that sentence, the rest of this text is more of a commentary on that verse: Lord, I have...

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