Scripture Verse

Why standest Thou afar off, O Lord? Why hidest Thou Thyself in times of trouble? Psalm 10:1


William Tans’ur (1700–1783)

Words: Is­aac Watts, The Psalms of Da­vid 1719. Pray­er heard, and saints saved; or, pride, athe­ism, and op­pres­sion pu­nished. For a Hu­mi­li­ation Day.

Music: Ban­gor Will­iam Tan­s’ur, 1734 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Isaac Watts (1674–1748)


Why doth the Lord stand off so far?
And why conceal His face,
When great calamities appear,
And times of deep distress?

Lord, shall the wicked still deride
Thy justice and Thy power?
Shall they advance their heads in pride,
And still Thy saints devour?

They put Thy judgments from their sight,
And then insult the poor;
They boast in their exalted height,
That they shall fall no more.

Arise, O God, lift up Thine hand,
Attend our humble cry;
No enemy shall dare to stand
When God ascends on high.

Why do the men of malice rage,
And say, with foolish pride,
The God of Heav’n will ne’er engage
To fight on Zion’s side

But Thou for­ev­er art our Lord;
And pow­er­ful is Thine hand,
As when the heathens felt Thy sword,
And perished from Thy land.

Thou wilt prepare our hearts to pray,
And cause Thine ear to hear;
He hearkens what His children say,
And puts the world in fear.

Proud tyrants shall no more oppress,
No more despise the just;
And mighty sinners shall confess
They are but earth and dust.