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The Lord is my help and my shield
(Thomas Kelly/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

The Lord is my help and my shield.

"He is our help and our shield." (Psalm33,20)

1. The Lord is my help and my shield;
  when trusting in him I am strong;
nor think I of quitting the field,
  though numbers around me should throng,
all eager to seize on their prey;
  yet I shall escape from the snare,
for one, who is stronger than they,
  when called on, will answer my prayer. PDF - Midi

2. The Lord is my help and my shield;
  the truth and the blessing is here;
who have it, ought never to yield
  to sloth, or to doubt, or to fear.
Enough there is in it to give,
  in time of the greatest alarms,
a peace that no mind can conceive,
  save his whom it cheers and it arms.

3. The Lord is my help and my shield,
  then why this misgiving within,
as though I should finally yield,
  and own the dominion of sin,
forsaking the Lord, whom I love,
  and serving another, abhorred?
O thou who art ruler above,
  forbid it, forbid it, O Lord!

4. His only, his only I am,
  who laid down his life for my sake;
allegiance is due to the same,
  allegiance that nothing can shake;
no, nothing, with boldness I say.
  if God be "my help and my shield",
'tis this that gives strength for the day,
  'tis this that forbids us to yield.

5. Yet still I am not without fear,
  lest all that I prize should be lost,
for trials await us while here,
  as many have found to their cost.
To thee, Lord, my case I commit,
  thy strength and thy blessing impart.
Do with me as thou seest fit;
  but give me a place where thou art.

Thomas Kelly, Hymns on various passages of Scripture, ca. 1853, Hymn 732.

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