Ye Children, Seek His Face- Philip Doddridge



Philip Doddridge was grandson of one John Doddridge of England, the latter of whom had been ejected from the established church by the Act of Uniformity in 1662. His mother's father also suffered for conscience sake, these two being a treasured heritage by Philip. But for a concerned soul, the young life might have been snuffed out, for one biographer records: "At his birth, he shewed so little sign of life that he was laid aside as dead. But one of the attendants, thinking she perceived some motion, or breath, took that necessary care of him, on which, in those tender circumstances, the feeble frame of life depended, which was so near expiring as soon as it was kindled." The twentieth child of his mother, she taught him the history of the Old and New Testaments ere he could read, shaping his lifelong destiny, an act he oft encouraged others to model.


     Though orphaned at an early age, we find a description of his early teens: "He was remarkable for his piety and diligent application to learning." From the orphanage, pursuit of further studies was dismal. Having received an offer of aid to study law, the lad sought the guidance of the heavenly Father; while he yet prayed, another offer came, providing for his aid in study of the ministry. He testified, "While I live, I shall always adore so seasonable an interposition."


Ye Children, Seek His Face
(The Christian Home)
See Israel's gentle Shepherd stand
With all-engaging charms;
Hark how he calls the tender lambs, 
And folds them in his arms!
"Permit them to approach, (he cries)
Nor scorn their humble name;
For 'twas to bless such souls as these,
The Lord of angels came."
We bring them, LORD, in thankful hands,
And yield them up to thee;
Joyful, that we ourselves are thine,
Thine let our offspring be.
Ye little flock, with pleasure hear: 
Ye children, seek his face;
And fly with transport to receive 
The blessings of his grace.
If orphans they are left behind,
Thy guardian-care we trust:
That care shall heal our bleeding hearts, 
If weeping o'er their dust.

 This historical account is taken from the Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs hymnal, song 808, copyright 2018, all rights reserved.
 Melody Publications’ focus is to reawaken the melody of truth in believers' hearts and minds at home and abroad. Our prayer is that our work would aid churches and families as they sing "Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs" in praise and worship to our God.


All rights reserved. Without the express written permission of the publisher, this publication may not be reproduced or transmitted, whether in whole or in part, in any form or by any means - electronic, mechanical, photocopy, storage retrieval system, recording, or any other.

Back to blog

1 comment

Thank you for the blessings you bring of the hymns that have molded our faith.

Rudy Shepard

Leave a comment

Please note, comments need to be approved before they are published.