Christ My Song - 1408
The battle is the Lord's
(Thomas Kelly/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
The battle is the Lord's.
"The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace."
1. The battle is the Lord's; 'tis his
whose pow'r without a limit is;
then why those fears that make us sad?
As if his word no value had.
2. 'Tis ours to stand and prove his might,
to see him put our foes to flight.
The battle is the Lord's, and his
the honour of the triumph is.
3. His foes are ours, and ours are his,
he counts them so, and thus it is,
he makes his people's cause his own,
and all their foes are overthrown.
4. The thing is wondrous in our eyes,
that he who framed the earth and skies,
and gave to Nature all its forms,
should thus ally himself to worms.
5. Yet so it is, "the Holy One",
whose place is heav'n's eternal throne,
is one with those for whom he gave
his Son to die; this grace they have.
6. Of wonders this the wonder is,
no love can be compared to his;
'tis love with things mysterious fraught,
too much for words, too much for thought.
7. But what we know not now, will be
hereafter known, when we shall see
the Lord enthroned in heav'n above;
the Lord himself, whose name is "Love".
8. But time will insufficient prove
to tell of "everlasting love";
nor can the theme exhausted be:
'twill occupy eternity.
Thomas Kelly, Hymns on various passages of Scripture, ca. 1853, Hymn 415.