All Who With Heart Confiding

Representative Text

1 All who, with heart confiding,
depend on GOD alone,
like Zion's city abiding,
shall ne'er be overthrown.
Like Zion's city, bounded
by guarding mountains broad,
His people are surrounded
forever by their GOD.

2 No scepter of oppression
shall hold unbroken sway,
lest unto base transgression
the righteous turn away.
Thy favor be imparted
to godly men, O LORD;
bless all that are pure-hearted,
the good with good reward.

3 The men who falsehood cherish,
forsaking truth and right,
with wicked ones shall perish,
GOD will their sin requite.
From sin Thy saints defending,
their joy, O LORD, increase
with mercy never ending
and everlasting peace.

Source: Psalms and Hymns to the Living God #125

Text Information

First Line: All who with heart confiding
Title: All Who With Heart Confiding
Meter: D
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


An assurance of security for those who trust in the LORD and are purehearted.

Scripture References:
st. l =vv.1-2
st. 2 = vv. 3-4
st. 3 = v. 5

Psalm 125 is one of fifteen "Songs of Ascents" (120-134) the Israelites sang as they went up to worship at the temple in Jerusalem. As a testimony to the security of those who trust the LORD, this psalm appropriately follows 123 (a prayer for deliverance from the contempt of surrounding nations) and 124 (praise for such deliverance). Recalling the security of Mount Zion as the city surrounded by God's sure protection (see also 122 and other related Zion songs: 46, 48, 76, 84, 87, and 137), the psalmist assures all who trust in the LORD that God will similarly keep them safe (st. 1), especially from foreign oppression. But only the pure in heart can take comfort from this assurance (st. 2); those who cherish evil will perish with the wicked. The psalm closes with a plea for peace upon the LORD's people (st. 3). The (altered) versification is from the 1912 Psalter.

Liturgical Use:
Both as a benediction (from God to the people) and as a prayer for peace (from the people to the LORD).

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook



KNOWHEAD, by Charles H. Gabriel (PHH 24), was the setting for Psalm 125 in the 1912 Psalter. For the 1987 Psalter Hymnal, KNOWHEAD was adapted from the original 6/8 to 4/4 meter, and its rhythmic patterns were made consistent from one line to another. Harmony singing goes well when feeling two beats…

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MIRIAM (Holbrook)


Composed by Samuel S. Wesley (PHH 206), AURELIA (meaning "golden") was published as a setting for “Jerusalem the Golden” in Selection of Psalms and Hymns, which was compiled by Charles Kemble and Wesley in 1864. Though opinions vary concerning the tune's merits (Henry J. Gauntlett once condemned…

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