Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Safely confiding

“Then we can go on without fear, trusting in the Lord who ‘worketh all things after the counsel of his own will,’ who turneth the king’s heart withersoever he will, as the rivers of water are turned, who declares that the wicked are his sword, and the men of the world his hand, who commandeth and raiseth the stormy wind, and who saith to the sea, ‘Thus far shalt thou come, but no farther.’ In this glorious God, ‘whose counsel shall stand and who will do all his pleasure,’ we can safely confide, assured that he will in his own time and way bring us into the full enjoyment of that righteousness for which we hunger and thirst, and cause us to dwell in his presence forever.” – Silas H. Durand, February, 1887

The Lord is our shepherd, we never shall want; 
In him may we safely confide. 
He’ll guard us in danger, direct us in doubt, 
And everything needful provide.
Stanza 1, Hymn 286 in Sacred Poetry and Music Reconciled, Or, A Collection of Hymns Original and Compiled, by Samuel Willard, 1830

Their hearts shall not be moved 
Who in the Lord confide, 
But, firm as Zion’s hill, 
They ever shall abide: 
As mountains shield Jerusalem
The Lord shall be a shield to them.
Stanza 1, Hymn 672 (Psalm 125) in The Sabbath Hymn Book: for the Service of Song in the House of the Lord, edited by Edwards Amasa Park, Austin Phelps and Lowell Mason, 1858

Since all that I meet 
Shall work for my good,
The bitter is sweet, 
The medicine is food;
Though painful at present 
‘Twill cease before long,
And then, O how pleasant 
The conqueror’s song.
John Newton, Stanza 7 of “I Will Trust and Not Be Afraid” in Olney Hymns, which begins “Begone, unbelief, My Saviour is near…”

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