Monday, January 11, 2010

A song for the battle...

This morning, Gentle Readers, I have been praying for the struggles of others, and also lending a helping hand with music selection for worship next Sunday. Both of those paths came together when I was asked to help choose a tune for some wonderful, old Isaac Watts words. I was privileged to sing through this hymn with several different tunes, all verses, several different times. This is the type of hymn we can sing when we are in distress. It is a hymn for our battles. So I list it below for your edification. There is nothing new under the sun, Gentle Reader. We all struggle, and God is always sufficient.

Let Me But Hear my Savior Say by Isaac Watts (1709)

Let me but hear my Savior say,
"Strength shall be equal to thy day,"
Then I rejoice in deep distress,
Leaning on all-sufficient grace.

I glory in infirmity,
That Christ's own power may rest on me:
When I am weak, then am I strong,
Grace is my shield, and Christ my song.

I can do all things, or can bear
All suff'rings, if my Lord be there;
Sweet pleasures mingle with the pains,
While his left hand my head sustains.

But if the Lord be once withdrawn,
And we attempt the work alone,
When new temptations spring and rise,
We find how great our weakness is.

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