Supplies in the wilderness.
When Israel by divine command
The pathless desert trod;
They found, though 'twas a barren land,
A sure resource in God.
A cloudy pillar marked their road,
And screened them from the heat;
From the hard rocks their water flowed,
And Manna was their meat.
Like them we have a rest in view,
Secure from adverse pow'rs;
Like them we pass a desert too,
But Israel's God is ours.
Yes, in this barren wilderness
He is to us the same;
By his appointed means of grace,
As once he was to them.
His word a light before us spreads
By which our path we see;
His love a banner o'er our head,
From harm preserves us free.
Lord, 'tis enough; I ask no more,
These blessings are divine;
I envy not the worldling's store,
If CHRIST and heav'n are mine.
John Newton (1725-1807)
Olney Hymns, 1779.