The Creatures in the Lord's Hands
John Newton, 1779, from Olney Hymns, vol. 2, hymn 97
|The water stood like walls of brass,|
To let the sons of Israel pass;
And from the rock in rivers burst
At Moses' prayer to quench their thirst.
2. The fire restrained by God's commands,
3. At Daniel's feet the lions lay
|4. Thus creatures only can fulfill|
Their great Creator's holy will;
And when his servants need their aid,
His purposes must be obeyed.
5. So if his blessing he refuse,
6. Then let us trust the Lord alone,
|7. If instruments of pain they prove,|
Still they are guided by his love;
As lancets by the surgeon's skill,
Which wound to cure, and not to kill.