A Prayer for Grace When Going to the House of God

C. M. Sheffield

Puritan Board Senior
I was especially impressed by this hymn. It is a prayer for grace when going to the House of God and it touches on all the principle parts of the public worship. Verses 1 and 6 bookend the hymn with those affections and aspirations that we ought to have when coming to and leaving from the House of God. Verses 2-5 are petitions for grace to be granted in the principle exercises of God's Worship—Praise (v. 2), Prayer (v. 3), Reading from the Old and New Testaments (v. 4), and the Preaching of God's Word (v. 5).

1. To thy temple I repair;
Lord, I love to worship there,
When within the veil I meet
Christ before the mercy-seat.
2. While thy glorious praise is sung,
Touch my lips, unloose my tongue,
That my joyful soul may bless
Thee, the Lord my Righteousness.
3. While the prayers of saints ascend,
God of love, to mine attend;
Hear me, for thy Spirit pleads;
Hear, for Jesus intercedes.
4. While I hearken to thy law,
Fill my soul with humble awe,
Till thy gospel bring to me
Life and immortality.
5. While thy ministers proclaim
Peace and pardon in thy Name,
Through their voice, by faith, may I
Hear thee speaking from the sky.
6. From thy house when I return,
May my heart within me burn,
And at evening let me say,
“I have walked with God today.”
James Montgomery, 1812

Ben Zartman

Puritan Board Sophomore
We often sing this on a Lord's Day morning before going to church......back when churches were open.