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O LORD, you search and know my every way;
You know when I rise up and when I fall.
You understand my thought from far away;
Before I speak a word, You know it all.
You hem me in, behind me and before;
You lay Your hand upon me lovingly.
I know myself and yet You know me more;
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me.
If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
Or make my bed in Sheol, You are there.
Where could I go beyond Your Spirit's care?
Where could I flee? For You are everywhere.
If I should rise upon the wings of dawn,
Or dwell in distant reaches of the sea,
No matter where I go, You still lead on;
Your hand will always be there holding me.
You wrote down all the days ordained for me
Before a single one had been displayed;
I give You thanks who brought my life to be,
So fearfully and wonderfully made.
O LORD, You know my thoughts; my soul You see;
Now search me, try me, know my heart, I pray.
Reveal each sinful way You find in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way.
Hymn: 10.10.10.10.D., S. E. Rouse, from Psalm 139
Tune: PSALM 139, S. E. Rouse
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