Christ My Song - 1445
In trouble, Lord, I sought thy face
(Thomas Kelly/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
In trouble, Lord, I sought thy face.
"I showed before him my trouble." (Psalm 142,2)
1. In trouble, Lord, I sought thy face;
in trouble, Lord, I found thy grace.
When trouble shall again arise,
to thee I hope to lift my eyes.
2. And what is there but trouble here?
It will be so till thou appear.
Till then thy people cannot be
from trouble and from trial free.
3. We do not, Lord, complain of this;
'tis needful all, we know it is.
It makes us long to see the day,
when heav'n and earth shall pass away.
4. When Jesus shall “with clouds” descend,
'tis then his people's troubles end;
but not till then – and we must wait,
the Saviour's time is never late.
5. For this we seek, for this we plead;
be with us, Lord, in time of need;
nor let us faint beneath the rod,
but let us know "that thou art God".
6. No trouble, be it what it may,
can do us harm, if we can say,
"It is the Lord." The rod his own;
our Father's will, not ours be done.
Thomas Kelly, Hymns on various passages of Scripture, ca. 1853, Hymn 633.