1 God is the refuge of his saints,
When storms of sharp distress invade;
ere we can offer our complaints
behold him present with his aid!
2 Let mountains from their seats be hurled
down to the deep, and buried there,
convulsions shake the solid world,
our faith shall never yield to fear.
3 Loud may the troubled ocean roar;
in sacred peace our souls abide,
while every nation, every shore,
still quakes and dreads the swelling tide.
4 There is a stream, whose gentle flow
makes glad the city of our God,
life, love, and joy, still gliding through,
refreshing our divine abode.
5 That sacred stream, your holy word,
our grief allays, our fear controls;
sweet peace your promises afford,
and give new strength to fainting souls.
6 Zion enjoys her Monarch's love,
steadfast against a threatening hour;
nor can her firm foundations move,
built on his truth and armed with power.
Source: Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #120
|First Line:||God is the refuge of His saints, When storms of sharp distress invade|
|Title:||The Church's Safety and Triumph Among National Desolations|
God is the Refuge of His saints. I. Watts. [Ps. xlvi.] Appeared in his Psalms of David, &c, 1719, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines and headed, "The Church's Safety and Triumph among National Desolations." It has passed in full, or in an abbreviated form, into numerous collections in all English-speaking countries. In the Unitarian Hymn [& Tune] Book, Boston, U.S.A., 1868, stanzas v., vi., are given as No. 345, "There is a stream, whose gentle flow."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)