Thursday, January 18, 2007

In every need

Phil Keaggy is my favorite Christian musician. I was listening to his Way Back Home CD the other day as I was driving someplace, and this song, "In Every Need," captured exactly how I was feeling at that moment. It encouraged me a lot, because I was feeling rather disheartened, "shamed by life's failures and its fears." The song reminded me to look to God "in every need," for He neither slumbers nor sleeps and His grace overcomes all my "sin and pain and sorrow." I hope you like the words. They are actually an adaptation of an old hymn by Samuel Longfellow (1819-1892):

I look to Thee in every need,
And never look in vain.
I feel thy strong and tender love
And all is well again.
The thought of thee is mightier far
Than sin and pain and sorrow are,
Than sin and pain and sorrow are, my Lord.

Discouraged in the work of life,
Disheartened by its load.
Shamed by its failures and its fears
I sink beside the road.
But let me only think of Thee
And then new heart springs up in me,
And then new heart springs up in me, my Lord.


There is an eye that never sleeps
Beneath the wing of night,
There is an ear that never shuts
When sink the beams of light.
There is an arm that never tires
When human strength gives way,
There is a love that never fails
When earthly loves decay.

There's a power which man can wield
When mortal aid is vain.
That eye, that arm that loves to reach,
The listening ear to gain.
That power is prayer which soars on high,
Through Jesus to the throne,
Which moves the Hand which moves the world
To bring salvation down, bring salvation down.

5 comments:

Paul said...

Me too. Sorry that I'm not alone.

Jill said...

Eventhough you didn't post about this...Happy Birthday!!!
I hear you are hanging out with some pretty cool people tonight to celebrate. :-)

Anonymous said...

A few months ago I had run across a quote with part of the words to the poem which listed the author as George Matheson. After I saw your posting just now I did a little googling and found these two links which give two more "authors" in additon to your listing of Samuel Longfellow. I'm a stickler for accuracy. I wish I knew the true author of the poem. The words are great.

http://www.pdmusic.org/1800s/84susie.txt

http://books.google.com/books?id=nkATpRCsqy8C&pg=PA50&lpg=PA50&dq=%22there+is+an+arm+that+never+tires%22&source=web&ots=tpKc3VmhkD&sig=nWmLmftgSa15wSTdhBemUCXp_n4

Mike said...

Hmmm, that's interesting. The following citations refer the poem to Longfellow:
http://www.beliefnet.com/prayeroftheday/prayer_one.asp?pid=3058
http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0017-8160(191710)10%3A4%3C362%3ATAHOSL%3E2.0.CO%3B2-E
http://www.freerepublic.com/~littlejeremiah/
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/nutter/hymnwriters.LongfelS.html
http://www.ccel.us/AOrtlund.ch37.html

Anonymous said...

Interesting!

I also found a couple of links listing James Cowden Wallace as the author:

http://viennawoodsmusic.com/HistoricHymnalContents.html

http://www.preceptaustin.org/matthew_77-8.htm