Writings on Christianity

How Vast the Treasure We Possess (Watts)

How Vast the Treasure We Possess (Watts)

Isaac Watts wrote a hymn called “How Vast the Treasure We Possess.” I think the lyrics are wonderful and really reorient our hearts and our thinking in biblical ways.

We’re going to sing it at our church (Cross of Christ Fellowship here in Naperville).

Here’s a version I made of it:

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And here’s the lead sheet for it:



INTRO:  C    D   G       C   D     Em


C          D                     G
1 How vast the treasure we possess!
C          D                     Em
How rich thy bounty, King of Grace!
C          D                     G
This world is ours, and the worlds to come
Am                         C    D             Em
Earth is our lodge, and heaven our home.


2 All things are ours, the gifts of God;
The purchase of a Saviour’s blood:
While the good Spirit shews us how
To use and to improve them too.

3 If peace and plenty crown my days,
They help, me, Lord, to speak thy praise!
If bread of sorrows be my food,
Those sorrows work my lasting good.

4 I would not change my blest estate
For all the world calls good or great:
And while my faith can keep her hold,
I envy not the sinner’s gold.

5 Father, I wait thy daily will;
Thou shalt divide my portion still:
Grant me on earth what seems thee best,
Till death and heaven reveal the rest.

By Tom Schmidt

Christian, husband of Rach, Church Planter,musician,

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