609. Why Should Cross and Trial Grieve Me?

1 Why should cross and trial grieve me?
Christ is near with his cheer;
never will he leave me.
Who can rob me of the heaven
that God's Son for my own
to my faith hath given?

22 God oft gives me days of gladness;
shall I grieve if he give
seasons, too, of sadness?
God is good and tempers ever
all my ill, and he will
wholly leave me never.

3 Death cannot destroy forever;
from our fears, cares, and tears
it will us deliver.
It will close life's mournful story,
make a way that we may
enter heav'nly glory.

4 Lord, my Shepherd, take me to thee.
Thou art mine; I was thine,
even ere I knew thee.
I am thine, for thou hast bought me;
lost I stood, but thy blood
free salvation brought me.

5 Thou art mine; I love and own thee.
Light of joy, e'er shall I
from my heart dethrone thee.
Savior, let me soon behold thee
face to face; may thy grace
evermore enfold me!

Text Information
First Line: Why should cross and trial grieve me?
Title: Why Should Cross and Trial Grieve Me?
Author (cento): Paul Gerhardt (1653)
Publication Date: 1990
Scripture: Psalm 73:23-24
Topic: Trust in God; The Christian Life: Tribulation and Suffering; Christ: Shepherd (3 more...)
Source: trans. composite, based on John Kelly, 1867
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: Johann G. Ebeling (1666)
Key: F Major

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