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