Scripture Verse

The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. Psalm 19:9


Paul B. Henkel (1754–1825)

Words: Paul B. Hen­kel, Church Hymn Book (New Mar­ket, Vir­gin­ia: So­lo­mon Hen­kel, print­er, 1816), number 153, alt. Note: The 1816 edi­tion of this hym­nal does not name the au­thor. Paul Hen­kel’s son, Am­brose Hen­kel, iden­ti­fies his fa­ther as the au­thor by a dou­ble dag­ger symb­ol (‡) in the 1838 edi­tion, page 481.

Music: Old Mar­tyrs Psalms (Ed­in­burgh, Scot­land: 1615) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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O Holy Fa­ther, right­eous God!
Our souls are filled with fear;
Thy pun­ish­ments, Thy scourge and rod,
Have now ap­proach­èd near.

Distressèd and alarmed we stand,
To see our aw­ful state;
Thy judg­ments on our guil­ty land,
Are what we must await.

Thy pun­ish­ments are ve­ry just,
O Lord, we must con­fess;
We should be hum­bled to the dust,
Who have abused Thy grace.

How long have we abused Thy Word,
And run the sin­ful course;
Well we de­serve to feel the sword
With all its weight and force.

In ma­ny ways have we been warned
To turn from these our ways;
But all Thy mer­cies we have spurned,
And slight­ed all Thy grace.

But O, the time is come at last,
When we must feel the shock;
God’s right­eous sen­tence now is passed,
And jus­tice strikes the stroke.

O, whi­ther can such crea­tures flee?
Such as we are in­deed!
But un­to Thee, O Lord! to Thee
Whose pro­mis­es we plead.