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Do you ever think, “No one cares for my life”? O Lord, you are my refuge.

BibleGateway: Psalm 142

ESV Text: Psalm 142

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KJV Text (alt. audio): Chapter 142:

     1 Maschil of David; A Prayer when he was in the cave. I cried unto the LORD with my voice; with my voice unto the LORD did I make my supplication. 2 I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my trouble. 3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.

     4 I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul. 5 I cried unto thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living. 6 Attend unto my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I. 7 Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 518:
If Thou but Suffer God to Guide Thee

— Organ Audio

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1. If thou but suffer God to guide thee 
And hope in Him through all thy ways, 
He’ll give thee strength, whate’er betide thee, 
And bear thee through the evil days. 
Who trusts in God’s unchanging love 
Builds on the Rock that naught can move. 

2. What can these anxious cares avail thee, 
These never-ceasing moans and sighs? 
What can it help if thou bewail thee 
O’er each dark moment as it flies? 
Our cross and trials do but press 
The heavier for our bitterness. 

3. Be patient and await His leisure 
In cheerful hope, with heart content 
To take whate’er thy Father’s pleasure 
And His discerning love hath sent, 
Nor doubt our inmost wants are known 
To Him who chose us for His own. 

4. God knows full well when times of gladness 
Shall be the needful thing for thee. 
When He has tried thy soul with sadness 
And from all guile has found thee free, 
He comes to thee all unaware 
And makes thee own His loving care. 

5. Nor think amid the fiery trial 
That God hath cast thee off unheard, 
That he whose hopes meet no denial 
Must surely be of God preferred. 
Time passes and much change doth bring 
And sets a bound to everything. 

6. All are alike before the Highest; 
‘Tis easy to our God, we know, 
To raise thee up, though low thou liest, 
To make the rich man poor and low. 
True wonders still by Him are wrought 
Who setteth up and brings to naught. 

7. Sing, pray, and keep His ways unswerving, 
Perform thy duties faithfully, 
And trust His Word, though undeserving, 
Thou yet shalt find it true for thee. 
God never yet forsook in need 
The soul that trusted Him indeed.