Looking Upwards in a Storm

Melody - "Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten", from the Genevan Psalter, 1547; Seq. by Richard Jordan

William Cowper, 1779; v.7 unknown, from Olney Hymns, vol. 3, hymn 19

God of my life, to Thee I call;
Afflicted at Thy feet I fall;
When the great water-floods prevail,
Leave not my trembling heart to fall.

2. Friend of the friendless and the saint!
Where should I lodge my deep complaint?
Where but with Thee, whose open door
Invites the helpless and the poor!

3. Did ever mourner plead with Thee
And Thou refuse that mourner's plea?
Does not the word still fixed remain
That none shall seek Thy face in vain?

4. That were a grief I could not bear,
Didst thou not hear and answer prayer;
But a prayer-hearing, answ'ring God,
Supports me under every load.

5. Fair is the lot that's cast for me;
I have an Advocate with Thee.
They whom the world caresses most,
Have no such privilege to boast.

6. Poor though I be, despised, forgot,
Yet God, my God, forgets me not;
And he is safe and must succeed,
For whom the Lord vouchsafes to plead.

7. Then hear, O Lord, my humble cry
And bend on me Thy pitying eye.
To Thee their prayer Thy people make:
Hear us for our Redeemer's sake.


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