Dear Refuge of My Weary Soul

November 26, 2008 at 11:12 am (Christian life) (, , , , , , , , )

I had an awesome time of prayer with two great friends of mine last night. Both of them have been going through difficult times due to loss of loved ones. As I drove home late, this song was on the Indelible Grace cd I had been listening to. What comforting lyrics! I had been struck earlier that day by how much evil and suffering there is in the world. I took a walk in the fields behind my in-laws’ house and reached the same conclusion that Anne Steel reached when she penned these lyrics. I love how they do not by-pass the mind on the way to the heart -rather, they appeal to the logic of turning to Christ alone for our refuge. So, for my two friends and for others who are grieving, I invite you to be comforted by these lyrics as I am.

1. Dear refuge of my weary soul,
On Thee, when sorrows rise
On Thee, when waves of trouble roll,
My fainting hope relies
To Thee I tell each rising grief,
For Thou alone canst heal
Thy Word can bring a sweet relief,
For every pain I feel

2. But oh! When gloomy doubts prevail,
I fear to call Thee mine
The springs of comfort seem to fail,
And all my hopes decline
Yet gracious God, where shall I flee?
Thou art my only trust
And still my soul would cleave to Thee
Though prostrate in the dust

3. Hast Thou not bid me seek Thy face,
And shall I seek in vain?
And can the ear of sovereign grace,
Be deaf when I complain?
No still the ear of sovereign grace,
Attends the mourner’s prayer
Oh may I ever find access,
To breathe my sorrows there

4. Thy mercy seat is open still,
Here let my soul retreat
With humble hope attend Thy will,
And wait beneath Thy feet,
Thy mercy seat is open still,
Here let my soul retreat
With humble hope attend Thy will,
And wait beneath Thy feet

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1 Comment

  1. Greg said,

    Thanks Clay

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