My God! how perfect are thy ways!

My God! how perfect are thy ways!
by William Cowper

JEHOVAH our righteousness by William Cowper


My God! how perfect are thy ways!
But mine polluted are;
Sin twines itself about my praise,
And slides into my prayer.


When I would speak what thou hast done
To save me from my sin;
I cannot make thy mercies known
But self-applause creeps in.


Divine desire, that holy flame
Thy grace creates in me;
Alas! impatience is its name,
When it returns to thee.


This heart, a fountain of vile thoughts,
How does it overflow?
While self upon the surface floats
Still bubbling from below.


Let others in the gaudy dress
Of fancied merit shine;
The LORD shall be my righteousness
The LORD for ever mine.