I will lift up my hands in Thy name.@Psalm 63:4

H. L. Hammond, in Sunshine for Sunday Schools, by Philip P. Bliss (Cincinnati, Ohio: John Church, 1873).

As we neared the steamer in our little boat, the storm raged fearfully. The waves ran so high we could not approach directly, but were ordered to the lee, and even then we were in imminent peril. The captain threw himself flat on the deck and reached down his hands for me. But I was frightened and weak, my fingers were benumbed, and I dared not give him my hands. He called out to me in a loud, stern voice, Up with your hands, woman, or I can not save you! I obeyed, and he immediately drew me upon the deck. So I say to thee, poor sinner, Up with thy hands to Jesus, or he can not save thee.

Miss Sarah Smiley, quoted in Sunshine for Sunday Schools, 1873, p. 93

Philip P. Bliss (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Philip P. Bliss (1838-1876)

Up with thy hands to Jesus,
Oh, guilty tempest-tossed;
Up with thy hands to Jesus,
Or, sinner, thou art lost.
The waves are wildly dashing,
Thy boat is light and frail,
The lightnings sharp are flashing,
And fiercely sweeps the gale.

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Then up with thy hands to Jesus,
Oh guilty tempest-tossed,
Up with thy hands to Jesus,
Or, sinner, thou art lost.

Up with thy hands to Jesus,
He walks upon the sea;
Up with thy hands to Jesus,
He stoopeth now for thee.
Say not thy hands are feeble,
Thy fingers can not cling;
His mighty grasp shall hold thee,
And sure salvation bring.

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Up with thy hands to Jesus,
He hears thy piteous cry;
Up with thy hands to Jesus,
No other help is nigh.
Even now thy bark is sinking,
The billows o’er thee roll,
Up with thy hands to Jesus,
Oh, sinner, save thy soul.

Refrain

Up with thy hands to Jesus,
He ruleth wind and wave;
Up with thy hands to Jesus,
His love now yearns to save.
Oh, if thou wilt but trust Him,
His help He’ll quickly give;
Haste, then, no longer doubting,
Up with thy hands, and live.

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