Elijah's example declares

Elijah's example declares

Author: John Newton
Published in 18 hymnals

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1 Elijah's example declares,
Whatever distress may betide,
The saints may commit all their cares
To him who will always provide,
When rain long withheld from the earth
Occasioned a famine of bread,
The prophet, secured from the dearth,
By ravens was constantly fed.

2 More likely to rob than to feed,
Are ravens who live upon prey;
But where the Lord's people have need,
His goodness will find out a way:
This instance to those may seem strange,
Who know not how faith can prevail;
But sooner all nature shall change,
Than one of God's promises fail,

3 Nor is it a singular case;
The wonder is often renewed;
And many may say to God's praise,
By ravens he sendeth them food.
Thus worldlings, though ravens indeed,
Though greedy and selfish their mind,
If God has a servant to feed,
Against their own wills can be kind.

4 Thus Satan the raven unclean,
That croaks in the ears of the saints,
O'erruled by a power unseen,
Administers oft to their wants;
God teaches them how to find food
From all the temptations they feel:
This raven who thirsts for my blood,
Has helped me to many a meal.

5 How safe and how happy are they
Who on the good shepherd rely!
He'll give them aught strength for their day,
Their wants he will surely supply,
He ravens and lions can tame;
All creatures obey his command:
Then let me rejoice in his name,
And leave all my cares in his hand.

The Christian's duty, exhibited in a series of hymns, 1791

Author: John Newton

Newton, John, who was born in London, July 24, 1725, and died there Dec. 21, 1807, occupied an unique position among the founders of the Evangelical School, due as much to the romance of his young life and the striking history of his conversion, as to his force of character. His mother, a pious Dissenter, stored his childish mind with Scripture, but died when he was seven years old. At the age of eleven, after two years' schooling, during which he learned the rudiments of Latin, he went to sea with his father. His life at sea teems with wonderful escapes, vivid dreams, and sailor recklessness. He grew into an abandoned and godless sailor. The religious fits of his boyhood changed into settled infidelity, through the study of Shaftesbury and… Go to person page >

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First Line: Elijah's example declares
Author: John Newton
Language: English


Elijah's example declares. J. Newton. [Providence.] This hymn on Elijah being fed by ravens appeared in K. Conyers's Collection, 3rd edition, 1774, No. 267: in the author's Twenty-six Letters, &c, by Omicron, 1774; the Gospel Magazine, April, 1774; and in the Olney Hymns, 1779, Book i., No. 35, in 5 stanzas of 8 lines. In the Methodist Free Church Sunday School Hymn Book, 1869, stanzas i., ii., and v. are given as No. 244. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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