Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

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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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Lyrics

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.