Thursday, August 26, 2010

The desired haven

Psalm 107:30 ...he bringeth them unto their desired haven.

1. The Christian navigates a sea
Where various forms of death appear;
Nor skill, alas! nor power has he,
Aright his dangerous course to steer.

2. Why does he venture, then, from shore,
And dare so many deaths to brave?
Because the land affrights him more
Than all the perils of the wave;

3. Because he hopes a port to find,
Where all his toil will be repaid;
And though unskilful, weak, and blind,
Yet Jesus bids him nothing dread.

4. His destined land he sometimes sees,
And thinks his toils will soon be o’er;
Expects some favourable breeze
Will waft him quickly to the shore.

5. But sudden clouds obstruct his view,
And he enjoys the sight no more;
Nor does he now believe it true
That he had ever seen the shore.

6. Though fear his heart should overwhelm,
He’ll reach the port for which he’s bound;
For Jesus holds and guides the helm,
And safety is where he is found.

This is number 1049 in A Selection of Hymns for Public Worship by William Gadsby. It was written by Thomas Kelly. I liked it so much when I read it, I wrote a tune to go with it. See below.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Fear too often will overwhelm the mortal flesh. A famous man once said, "All we have to fear is fear itself." Shall fear cause us to abandon the ship when some may say the course is too difficult? Shall fear take the yearning away for a closer walk with God, if it be deemed as foolish? Fear in and of itself is not a physical component seeking to wreak havoc. When we find the hiding place of the Almighty, peace and comfort awaits, and fear simply becomes a word. And transcribed letters can do no harm.