1 Why doth the Lord depart so far?
And why conceal his face,
When great calamities appear,
And times of deep distress?
2 Lord, shall the wicked still deride
Thy justice and thy laws?
Shall they advance their heads in pride,
And slight the righteous cause.
3 They cast thy judgements from their sight,
And then insult the poor,
They boast in their exalted height,
That they shall fall no more.
4 Arise, O God, lift up thine hand,
Attend our humble cry;
No enemy shall dare to stand,
When God ascends on high.
5 Why do the men of malice rage,
And say with foolish pride,
The God of heaven will ne'er engage
To fight on Zion's side.
6 But thou forever art our Lord;
And powerful is thine hand,
As when the Heathens felt thy sword,
And perish'd from thy land.
7 Thou wilt prepare our hearts to pray,
And cause thine ear to hear;
Accept the vows thy children pay,
And free thy saints from fear.
8 Proud tyrants shall no more oppress,
No more despise the just;
And mighty sinners shall confess,
They are but earth and dust.
|First Line:||Why doth the Lord depart so far?|
|Title:||Prayer heard, and saints saved; or pride, atheism and oppression punished|
|Topic:||Afflictions: very great; Atheism: punished; Church: God fights for her(6 more...)|