Christ My Song - 1246
When the Lord rebukes his servant
(Thomas Kelly/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
When the Lord rebukes his servant.
"My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord." (Proverbs 3,11)
2. Shall I then repine at trials
by my Father's love decreed?
What if God had poured the vials
of his wrath upon my head:
death of sin the wages is,
all is mercy short of this.
3. Since the Lord has giv'n me reason
to expect a place above,
in affliction's sharpest season,
let me own that God is love;
let me own that all he does
from paternal kindness flows.
4. Shall I murmur at his dealings?
Shall I not his kindness trust?
Since he knows my frame and feelings,
and remembers I am dust;
shall I not receive the rod,
and confess the hand of God?
5. Hear me, Lord, in my petition,
O sustain me lest I faint!
Teach me patience and submission,
keep thy servant from complaint;
and in every trying hour,
Lord, uphold me by thy pow'r.
Thomas Kelly, Hymns on various passages of Scripture, ca. 1853, Hymn 286.